University of r \ A \ (3/ Magazine SPRING 2011 Vol. 35 • No. 1 CONTENTS Features 10 Freedom Rides Semester Anniversary celebration takes UMW community on an unforgettable journey Survey Says ... New questionnaire asks what your university has done for you and what you can do for your university 26 They Love it When "The Plan" Comes Together Fervent fans applaud the recent reunion of '90s indie band with UMW roots 30 Tears for Taylor Supported by UMW, brother of tsunami victim focuses on healing 'V^ I \\ __^_ 1 ■i ' JUL — '— • — ■%■■- _^m. . - : -*— fc . » <*^ iMHr ■■i 1 ■*»■ *-*** , UMW celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides by building an outdoor exhibit that told the stbry of the strategic campaign in pictures, words, and music. Shown here is the heart of the exhibit - a 1960s era bus - during sunset on Ball Circle. The semester-long celebration, the logo of which appears on the cover, was to continue through May 8, 2011. > ' k - .#£*A Photo by Norm Shafer Departments 2 Editor's Desk 2 On Campus 8 Sports 32Q&A 33 Book Report 34 Get the Picture? 35 Arts 36 Notable & Quotable 38 Alumni Board 39 Class Notes 72 Closing Column /' •' Fp • / - ■»-— > •. • ,'s - :x*^< t\ r2§ y ' % •.. I; ■*.. ■ < WSrf* .: - 5 7 V K. il 1111 ■K Ell EW* n UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING EDITOR'S DESK To the editor The latest University of Mary Washington Magazine is superb. It always has such an interesting blend of stories, articles, and accompanying photos. As I read, I am able to see accomplishments of alumni who are near the end of an illustrious career as well as those of UMW students just beginning their years at Mary Washington. I am so proud of my alma mater and all the wonderful things that are being accomplished there. Thanks to the magazine, our UMW community is able to stay close and current, and we can maintain the excitement and enthusiasm for Mary Washington that we had as students. I am certain other alums would agree that the magazine is a first-class publication - of which we can be very proud. Thank you. Patti Boise Kemp '69 Fredericksburg ON CAMPUS Alary Washington %J i^_J Magazine SPRING 2011 -VOLUME 35 • NO. 1 Executive Editor: Anna Barron Billingsley Managing Editor: Neva S. Trenis '00 Editor: Lisa Chinn Marvashti '92 Editorial Board: Jack Bales, William B. Crawley Jr., George Farrar, Torre Meringolo, Marty Morrison, Cynthia L. Snyder '75, and Martin A. Wilder Jr. Designer: AJ Newell Graphic Artist: Bridget Walsh University of Mary Washington Magazine is published for the alumni, friends, faculty, and staff of the University of Mary Washington three times a year. Email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to University of Mary Washington Magazine, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300. University of Mary Washington Magazine welcomes your comments. Send address changes to University of Mary Washington Office of Alumni Relations, 1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5412. University of Mary Wasliington Magazine is printed with nonstate funds and is made possible through private support. Visit University of Mary Washington Magazine online at www.umw.edu/umvvmagazine. ^ d % Tliis edition is printed on recycled paper. Waste Watchers Take on Seacobeck If you take it, eat it. That is the message from a food-waste survey conducted in Seacobeck Dining Hall this semester. Ecology-minded students, with the cooperation of dining staff members, decided that if they collected everyone's "leftovers" from one meal and displayed them, diners would be inspired to waste less. The total take from a recent Wednesday dinner? 120 pounds. As one inspired - but disgusted - student put it: "Yikes!" Tori Wong '11, UMW's sustainability coordinator, helped lay out the "feast" of passed over food. University of Mary Washington UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 ON CAMPUS UMW Numbers Add up to One Great Education Whether comparing graduation rates, best values, or volunteerism, the University of Mary Washington and its students stack up against the best. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS The bottom line UMW is No. 1! In February, the Peace Corps announced that, with 32 undergraduate alumni currently serving as volunteers, the University of Mary Washington ranks first among the nation's small universities (those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates). The announcement marks the first time ever UMW has claimed this distinction. Movin'onup - In 2010, UMW ranked second. - In 2009, UMW ranked sixth. - Since 2004, UMW has ranked in the top 25. The big picture Since the 1961 inception of the Peace Corps, 215 Mary Washington alumni have served the 27-month commitment around the world. BEST VALUE The bottom line In its February issue, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine listed UMW among the nation's "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 201 1. Mary Washington ranked 26th out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide when comparing in-state tuition costs and 28th when considering out-of-state tuition costs. Movin'onup - In 2010, UMW ranked 38th for in-state tuition and 42nd for out-of-state tuition. - Since 2006, UMW has appeared consistently on the Kiplinger's best value list. The big picture Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine selects the best values from a pool of 500 public four-year colleges and universities, ranking them on academic quality by measuring such factors as admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, four- and six-year graduation rates, and cost and financial aid. GRADUATION RATES The bottom line With a graduation rate of 77 percent, the University of Mary Washington ranked fourth among the nation's public master's universities, according to an analysis of federal data through 2008 that was done by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Movin'onup - In 2003, UMW's graduation rate was 71 percent. The big picture In computing graduation rates, The Chronicle measures the share of first-time full-time students entering in the fall seeking bachelor's degrees and finishing within six years. The analysis included nearly 1,400 four-year public and private nonprofit institutions. Executive-in-Residence Program Attracts Major League Talent Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Robert Nutting scored a grand slam at UMW by bringing his business savvy and leadership expertise to the fall semester's Executive-in-Residence program, which draws corporate leaders to campus. Committed to education, Nutting - who received his bachelor's degree in American history from Williams College in Massachusetts - has held multiple posts in support of scholastic institutions. He is an advocate for philanthropic entities and youth organizations, and he serves on the boards of various associations. In addition to his role in major league baseball, Nutting also serves as president and CEO of Ogden Newspapers in West Virginia and as chairman of Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Nutting's mother, Betty "Snookie" Woods Nutting '58, is a Mary Washington alumna and member of the UMW Foundation Board. Robert Nutting heads a trifecta of businesses - a major league baseball team, a newspaper chain, and a resort. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 ON CAMPUS UMW Students Help Boost Honduran Business Thanks to the efforts of a group of UMW students, three Hondurans received the cash they needed to help bring their business ideas to life. The lucky entrepreneurs were the winners of a competition launched in December by La Ceiba, a microfinance institution run by Mary Washington students. The project provided grants and training to help aspiring business owners in El Progreso, a community in the impoverished Central American country of Honduras. UMW students conducted a study that revealed the community's lack of business- development training. Inspired by those results, they provided a weeklong workshop to teach financial literacy and other skills residents need to start new businesses and to improve or expand existing ones. Prospective El Progreso entrepreneurs submitted INSTITUCION DE MICROFINANZA LA CEIBA y*>. - business plans for consideration, and residents, including the presidents of the community's Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, helped judge the entries. Awards included: First place: $250 to supplement the artisan work of a woman who plans to sell products such as purses made from recycled materials Second place: $200 to a woman who plans to sell tamales and tajadas out of her home Third-place: $175 to a man who wishes to work as a welder to supplement the income he generates selling tajadas The contest, which La Ceiba hopes to conduct each year, is a step toward the organization's goal of establishing an enterprise incubation and development center to help motivated Hondurans start businesses. Those companies, in turn, would employ other community members, providing an exponential economic impact. Founded in 2008 by UMW Associate Professor of Economics Shawn Humphrey, La Ceiba provides microloans and educational support in an effort to help develop the economy of Honduras and to improve living conditions for its impoverished residents. The group works in conjunction with another UMW student-run organization, Students Helping Honduras, which aims to eliminate extreme poverty in one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • '.THING 2011 Foundation Lauded for Economic Impact of Eagle Village The University of Mary Washington Foundation received a pair of recognitions this winter for transforming the longstanding Park & Shop retail center into the vibrant mixed-use Eagle Village. In recognition of its contributions to the state's economy, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in December named the Foundation one of three finalists for the Virginia Torchbearer Award in the 1st Congressional District. In January, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce presented the Foundation with an Economic Impact Award for leading the way in "urban renewal and revitalization of the aging U.S. Route 1 corridor." "Eagle Village is a powerful redevelopment example," said Fredericksburg's director of economic development and tourism, Karen W. Hedelt, who commended the project for the employment, tax revenue, and renewal it brings to the city. The UMW Foundation, a private nonprofit, bought the 1960s-era Park & Shop center in 2007, transforming the 23-acre property into Eagle Village, a state-of-the-art complex with Eagle Landing, a 156-unit apartment building for students, and an adjacent structure with restaurants, shops, offices, and a multilevel parking garage. An enclosed pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1 connects the development to the University's Fredericksburg campus. Debater's Award Means More Money for Honduras A Mary Washington senior's award for debate will bring additional financial aid to the El Progreso area of the impoverished Central American country of Honduras. Benjamin Richard Saunders '11 snagged the American Debate Association's Julia Burke Award at a national championship tournament in March. The recognition is reserved for college policy debaters who respect the debate community and are committed to helping others and maintaining friendships in the face of competition - qualities displayed and held dear by 16-year-old Julia Burke, who died in a 1998 car crash en route to a high school debate. The award also comes with a $2,000 prize for the nonprofit organization of the winner's choice. Saunders, an anthropology and international affairs major and four- year member of the University's debate team, chose to award the money to the UMW student-run organization La Ceiba, which is dedicated to providing economic support to El Progreso and its people. A graduate of Blacksburg High School, Saunders' collection of awards includes a second-place prize in the 2008 American Debate Association Novice Nationals and a first-place finish at the 2009 U.S. Naval Academy Policy Debate Tournament. UMW senior Benjamin Richard Saunders won the American Debate Association's Julia Burke Award in March. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 w. ON CAMPUS The Stars Came Out UMW students shine at day-into-night cancer fundraiser What do a chemistry professor with purple hair, a Mary Washington transfer student from Virginia Tech, and the wife of UMW's president have in common? They all have a connection to cancer, and they all helped make Mary Washington's second annual Relay for Life one of the most successful in this region. To date, the 201 1 UMW Relay for Life has raised $67,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Janet Asper, assistant professor of chemistry at UMW, lost her father last year to glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Luke Ruth '12 was never able to meet his maternal grandfather because he died far too early from "that ugly disease." Rose Hurley is a cancer survivor. Hurley provided a motivational keynote address for the opening of the 12-hour Relay for Life, which took place on the Fredericksburg campus April 2 and 3. The idea behind the relay is that cancer never sleeps. Camping out for the duration of the event, each team has one representative walking or running around a track or path at all times. Teams seek support by offering donors the opportunity to honor or memorialize cancer victims. When Ruth transferred to UMW after his freshman year at Virginia Tech, he was stunned that Mary Washington did not host a Relay for Life. For him, the event at Tech had been "extremely powerful and moving." He contacted the American Cancer Society and set things in motion for Mary Washington to hold its first Relay for Life last year. "It was a simple email," said Robyn Barber, community manager for the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic Division. "And UMW blew it out of the water." Barber said, "The most amazing characteristic about the UMW Relay is the student leadership. The kids really know their school." Patricia Jackson, area executive director for the ACS, said her division can't stop bragging about the UMW students, who set such a high bar that the relay here is being used as a model for other schools. "The Mary Washington students are shining stars in Central Virginia." Because so many members of the Relay organizing committee, which started with a strategic plan last September, have lost parents to cancer or have parents undergoing cancer treatment, "it is very, very personal," Barber said. Ruth and Laura Allan '12 were this year's co-chairs. The 2011 event exceeded all expectations; the $67,000 in pledges more than doubled the inaugural take. About 500 students, faculty, and community members participated. Senior Samantha Luffy, committee spirit chair, said, "We were able to work together to reach an awesome goal. Our participants were amazing!" Asper, one of her professors, caught Luffy's enthusiasm and went so far as to dye her hair purple, Relay for Life's theme color. Asper sported the colored 'do at the event and weeks before. "The really cool thing about the UMW Relay was that it is all student-initiated," Asper said. "It just goes to show this is a small school where you can do really big things." - Anna B. Billingsley 40 Years Old and Still Hitting the High Notes The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly known as the University of Mary Washington-Community Symphony Orchestra, played up its 40th anniversary season with special performances in the fall and spring. A March concert featured a series of striking extras, including a pair of renowned guest conductors; the world premiere of a composition written specifically for the anniversary; a combination of works chosen for their difficult musical demands; and a unique number that had the orchestra singing to music made on water-filled glasses by members of the Philharmonic board of directors. A holiday performance in early December featured traditional yuletide melodies along with selections from Disney's 1940 classic Fantasia, accompanied by a big-screen UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Students Learn the Economics of Giving The greater Fredericksburg community is $10,000 richer thanks to the financial contribution of philanthropist Doris Buffett and the decisions of a class of UMW students. Members of a course called the Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector last fall awarded $4,100 to Habitat for Humanity-Middlesex, $2,500 to Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, and $3,400 to the Bragg Hill Family Life Center. The grants made by the class, now in its sixth year at UMW and taught by Professor of Economics Robert Rycroft, are funded by Buffett's private, family-run Sunshine Lady Foundation. Students are asked to review applications for cash assistance submitted by the community and apply the philanthropic principles they've learned in class. This time around, class members scrutinized 52 applications. Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, formed the Sunshine Lady Foundation to provide aid for the disadvantaged, especially for families in crisis and for the working poor. She and Shin Fujiyama '07, co-founder of Students Helping Honduras, challenged the students in the class to pursue a career in philanthropy. "This is a magnificent opportunity to do something to give people a hand up and not a hand out," Buffett said. Shin Fujiyama '07, shown here with Doris Buffett, returned to campus to encourage students to pursue careers in philanthropy. Class Breathes Life Into Biology Major's Research Thanks to a course offered at UMW, senior biology major Thien Phan is conducting research with the potential to yield life-saving results. Three years ago, Mary Washington became one of the first schools in the country to offer the phage hunters course, a hands-on Thien Phan '11, right, reviews research findings with Biology Professor Lynn Lewis. biology class that asks students to isolate viruses known as bacteriophages, prepare DNA for sequencing, and make comparisons to other bacteria. Phan helps students in the class, which is designed for freshmen, and his work there provides a better perspective on his own research, which focuses on more intricate issues. His project, "Mycobacteriophage Genomics," developed out of his interest in bioinformatics, which employs computer technology in the study of molecular biology. Computer programs and UMW's advanced electron microscope help him conduct his research. The bacteriophage that Phan is studying, thanks to a research grant provided by UMW, is closely related to the one that causes tuberculosis, and he hopes his project will translate into an enhanced understanding of the disease and the bacterium that causes it. Phan planned to present the results of his research at the annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science in May. showing of the film in a decked-out Dodd Auditorium. In 1971, when the orchestra was formed by UMW music professor James Baker, it included 31 musicians. The ensemble now features 85 members and is directed by Kevin Bartram. Three maestros. Kevin Bartram, right, greets his two guest conductors at a special March concert in celebration of the orchestra's 40th anniversary. Left to right: Anthony Maeillo from George Mason University and Edward Dolbashian from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bartram's alma mater. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 SPORTS Founding Soccer Coach Volleys to the Endline After 34 years at Mary Washington, Roy Gordon scores retirement goal sotAk Coach Gordon One of the nation's most respected soccer coaches, UMW's Roy Gordon, announced his plans to retire at the end of this semester. Gordon, who has coached Mary Washington sports for more than three decades, leaves an indelible mark, having started the school's men's soccer team from scratch in 1977. In his enduring role as the only coach in the program's history, he has led the Eagles to success and netted a series of recognitions among soccer coaches. Though colleagues are pleased to welcome Gordon's successor, Jason Kilby from North Carolina Wesleyan College, saying goodbye to a campus icon has not been easy. "It is with much discomfort and pain that I announce that Roy will be retiring," said UMW Athletic Director Ed Hegmann. "After serving MWC and UMW with distinction, dedication, and loyalty for 34 years, he will be missed. He has been my left- handed 'right-hand- man' for all those years." After creating Mary Washington's soccer program, Gordon went on to capture 386 Eagle victories in the sport. Combining that record with the 46 wins he gained as head coach at the University of Maine- Farmington, Gordon ranks among the elite in college soccer coaching and caps his career with a 432-253-53 record. In 2007, he became one of just eight coaches in NCAA Division III history to achieve 400 wins. Gordon led the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1985 and since then has seen them through nine more, winning eight Capital Athletic Conference titles and achieving a cumulative 329-133-33 record for Mary Washington and an outstanding .698 winning percentage. He has been named CAC Coach of the Year eight times, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year five times, and Virginia State College Division Coach of the Year four times. Gordon also was honored as CAC's Co-Coach of the Year in 2009. He served as the CAC men's soccer chairman from the league's inception in 1991 until 2000, and spent six years as the national convention program coordinator for the NSCAA before being elected to its executive committee. In 1999, he became the 50th president of the 25,000-member NSCAA, and, 10 years later, he received its prestigious Honor Award. Mary Washington men's tennis also owes its roots to Gordon, who started the program in 1978, winning 171 matches in 22 years, claiming five CAC championships and four VITA state championships, and leading the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. -Clint Often Left: Coach Roy Gordon juggles tennis balls in his office in 1978, shortly after he began his coaching career at Mary Washington. Above: Gordon, who started Mary Washington's men's soccer program in 1977, talks with Michael Nissim-Sabat, a member of the Eagles team. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Jason Kilby Named UMW Men's Soccer Coach Jason Kilby has been named the new head men's soccer coach at the University of Mary Washington. "lam extremely excited about this new opportunity," said Kilby, who led men's soccer at North Carolina Wesleyan College, one of the region's top programs, for the past nine years. "Mary Washington has a great reputation as a great academic school with a top athletic program, and I am excited for this new challenge." Coach Kilby At NCWC, Kilby led the Battling Bishops to a 120-43-13 overall record, with a 43-7-6 mark in USA South Conference play. His celebrated tenure at North Carolina Wesleyan included back-to-back undefeated USA South Conference championships in '04 and '05 and back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in '06 and '07. In 2008, Kilby led NCWC men's soccer to an impressive 16-3-2 overall record, to a spot in the USA South Tournament championship, and to a third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. His most successful season at the program's helm, however, came the previous year, when, in 2007, he turned in a program-best 18-2-0 record, an undefeated regular season, an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16, and a No. 2 national ranking for most of the fall. "We're very excited to have Jason join our staff," said UMW Athletic Director Ed Hegmann. "Our players are equally excited. We look forward to his maintaining the high level of success that Roy [Gordon] has established over the past 30-plus years." Prior to his stint in North Carolina, Kilby spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Frostburg State University in Maryland. During that time, the school won the AMCC regular season championship each year and the AMCC tournament three times, and posted an overall men's soccer record of 56-25-1 . A native of Culpeper, Va., Kilby also has played professionally, for both the USL and the USISL, as well as for the Moseley Football Club in London. -Clint Often Swimmers Soak up Career Bests at NCAA Championships A small contingent from UMW enjoyed a big finish at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., during .- Stephen Clendenin the spring semester. Mary Washington's two representatives - Stephen Clendenin '11 and Billy Norfolk '12- landed the Eagles in 22nd place, claiming four All-America performances and six lifetime bests in the six events they swam. Clendenin, the first three-time Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of t jmm m ▼ the Year, finished eighth overall in the 200-yard individual medley, setting a new school record of 1:50.67. He took ninth in the 400-yard individual medley, eclipsing his former record by four seconds and finishing at 3:57.90. Clendenin closed his outstanding college career with a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, coming in at 1:47.89, nearly three seconds faster than his previous lifetime best. In his debut competition at the championships, Norfolk set three lifetime bests and gained All-America honors in the 200-yard butterfly, with a 1:49.75 finish that landed him in ninth place. Norfolk also claimed career best times with a top-20 finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a top-30 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Billy Norfolk UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 s M I BMSiS! \mi * NO STEP LVtfiiffl «ug niiuinN mjMJfwm gig mK^mxfm Rt3f2t - the University of Mary Washington was ready to get on board as the prime venue for an all-out celebration of the 50th anniversary of a crusade that not only opened the door to unfettered interstate travel but also put America on the path to equal rights for all. | By Neva S. Trenis This wasn't just any bus pulling into the University of The old bus lumbered up the hill behind Lee Hall, the first light of the frigid morning Mary Washington. This was n 1 . . . 1 1 t 1 1 . the vehicle to tell how ordinary reflected in its silver panels. Its blue paint imliviJualsshowe dext ra oaii,w y was peeling and its rims were rusted, but courage and risked their lives for justice. This was the reminder of the crowd on Ball Circle erupted in cheers at the long- how hundreds of Freedom Riders banded together a half- awaited sight. In response came three deep and dissonant century earlier to change America, notes from its aging horn. This was the bus that would carry the University's 1 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 •Y~ semester-long commemoration of Professor James Farmer and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. After the bus arrived, Riders came. Four Freedom Riders in all visited the Mary Washington campus to reunite and reminisce. Their presence had a profound impact. Upon meeting the quartet of individuals who boarded a bus and transformed the course of history, UMW President Richard V. Hurley said, "I don't think 1 could feel more proud of the University of Mary Washington than I do at this moment." The University of Mary Washington chose a 1960s-era motor coach as the canvas on which to tell the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides, a long and dangerous campaign through the Deep South to secure equal access on interstate buses and in facilities. Here, the bus arrives on Ball Circle in the early morning of Feb. 4, 201 1 . Pride bubbled up during the many campus events tied to the Freedom Rides. And no sentiments could be stronger than those for one of Mary Washington's own, James Farmer, the brilliant man who was the strategist behind the Rides. He touched the lives of scores of UMW students with his lived-it-myself lectures on the civil rights movement. He and hundreds of others used Gandhian tactics to strike down Jim Crow laws in the South and bring equality to interstate travel. To tell the story of these courageous individuals, people from all areas of the University - academics and AV specialists, electricians and editors - banded together. They installed an exhibit around a bus, which was parked on Ball Circle, of archival images of the Riders and of the government officials and everyday people who threatened, beat, and bombed them. The bus bore the Riders' words and was surrounded by sounds of the songs they sang together to strengthen their resolve. Over the course of the semester, the University celebrated "the living daylights out of the Freedom Riders," as one of the speakers said. It brought in the foremost scholars on the Freedom Rides to share history through stories, facts, and photographs. It worked with PBS to host a preview screening of its American Experience film The Freedom Riders. It mounted academic courses around the Rides - studying the words spoken and every aspect of the successful campaign. Students filmed, photographed, and interviewed the four original Freedom Riders the University brought to campus as part of the commemoration. UMW invited the Fredericksburg community to hear from the Riders, and diverse people gathered from all corners. They were mesmerized by stories of fear, of being disowned by family, of clandestine prison diaries, and of being steeled by the deep voice of James Farmer. UMW asked two more Riders to speak at its 100th Commencement. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia left college in Nashville 50 years ago to get on the bus with Farmer and the other original Freedom Riders. Rep. Bob Filner UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 1 1 of California left Cornell University a month later, one oi hundreds ot reinforcements who flocked south in 1961. Lewis and Filner would come asking today's students, as other aging Riders did, "What is your cause. 7 What bus will you hoard today?" nam sam mu somb On Monday, Feb. 7, just three days after the bus rolled onto campus, it was ready to meet the public. The exhibit James Farmer and the Freedom Rides was about to open. Students handed out "Freedom Ride" buttons. University staff set up microphones, platforms, and chairs. Administrators dashed in and out of Lee Hall. Most wore sunshine yellow T-shirts that matched the huge banners that hung from the Lee Hall balcony. In bold black letters, they asked, "WILL YOU? GET ON THE BUS." By noon, a crowd of 600 packed the walkway in front of the exhibit. The mix of University and community onlookers included staff from all over the school, faculty from across disciplines, and lots of enthusiastic students. Senior Joe Calpin was struck by the diverse crowd and the growing anticipation and chatter. "Everyone was really excited," Calpin said. "Students were taking pictures with their cell phones. And it helped that it was a beautiful day." Just before noon, the crowd quieted as a lone woman's deep voice rolled along Campus Walk. "Buses are a-comin' oh yeah, buses are a-comin' oh yeah." The powerful song was one that Freedom Riders had sung in a Mississippi prison to fortify themselves and to remind prison guards that more Riders were on the way. The two most honored guests at UM W that day, Reginald Green and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, once sang the song in the Mississippi Delta's Parchman Farm prison, where they spent the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders were college students when they were arrested in Jackson, Miss. Standing before the LIMW crowd, Green and Mulholland held their 50-year-old mug shots, their youthful faces mirrored in the college students who came to hear them. "It wasn't until the celebration started that I realized how much historical importance was attached to those people and to that bus," Calpin said. UMW Chief of Staff Martin A. Wilder Jr. welcomed the Freedom Riders. He introduced Eric Ethericige, author of Breaeh of Peace and an expert on the Rides. And he acknowledged American Experience project manager Lauren Prestileo, who worked on the PBS film Freedom Riders. Civil rights leader James Farmer, the architect of the Rides, was a distinguished professor of history and American studies at Mary Washington from 1985 until 1998, Wilder . .M | 1 2 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 said, the same year President Bill Clinton awarded Farmer the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "We have a special appreciation for, and reverence of, the role Dr. James Farmer played in our nation's history," Wilder told the assembly. "For hundreds of Mary Washington students, Dr. Farmer's class was one of the most influential and memorable experiences of their undergraduate years." In recognizing Green and Mulholland, Wilder said that all Americans today are indebted to them. "The Freedom Rides demonstrate how a handful of committed individuals can literally change the course of history." UMW senior Charles Reed of Jersey City, N.J., echoed that appreciation. Reed said he didn't know much about James Farmer or the Freedom Rides before he came to Mary Washington four years earlier, but once on campus he wanted to learn more about the civil rights leader who "actually taught at UMW." Besides his major classes in business administration and accounting, Reed took intensive classes on Farmer, worked in the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and was a leader in the Black Student Association and Brothers of a New Direction. "Since I have been at UMW, it has been embedded in my soul and way of thinking that no one should feel oppressed because of what they may look like, who they may be friends with, or what they may believe in," Reed said. "No matter what race, nationality, or ethnicity, we all are members of the human race." Farmer has become one of Reed's heroes, and the Freedom Rides one of the most courageous stories he's ever heard. "The Freedom Riders stared death in the eye every time they got off the bus," he said. "The opportunities I have should not be taken for granted. I am inspired by their devotion and commitment, and I am indebted to them." So is Eric Etheridge. When the editor, photographer, and Mississippi native discovered the more than 300 mug shots of the 1961 Freedom Riders preserved by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, he saw a picture of the emerging civil rights movement. He published 80 of the mugs beside the modern-day faces and stories of the Riders, including those of Green and Mulholland, in Breach of Peace. "The movement is much bigger than its leaders," Etheridge told a group gathered at UMW. "One of the things that I really love about the Freedom Riders is that most of them were just ordinary citizens who did an incredible and extraordinary thing." He told the history of the Rides and of many of the Riders photographed for his book. But mostly, he was eager to let Mulholland and Green share their stories. Mulholland grew up in the white world of Arlington, wwww pove: With a lot of help from across ampus, a committee of five got the us exhibit rolling, including, from ft, Courtney Chapman, Neva Trenis, lisabeth Sommer, and Maria Schultz. J Newell is not pictured. ight: Life-size images flanked the bus. revious page, clockwise: Visitors posed 3r a shot in front of the bus on opening ay; a basketful of buttons; a student nswers the question, "Would you get n the bus?" UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 1 3 Va. The only African Americans she knew worked in her home - and she didn't even know they had last names. What led her to the civil rights movement was "growing up in Robert E. Lee's hometown," she said. She attended a Presbyterian church, where they talked about ideals such as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "love your neighbor as yourself." They sang songs that said Jesus loves all children - red, yellow, black, and white. But, when the church doors shut after worship, Mulholland said, they left all that behind. "I could see that the lives we were leading were a contradiction to what we talked about on Sunday morning." She resolved that she would do everything she could, in keeping with her faith, to make the South the best place it could be for all of its people. As a freshman at Duke University, she joined picket lines and sit-ins in Durham, N.C. Duke kicked her out. She returned home, where she sought out activists at Howard University. Among her new friends was one of the original 13 Riders who set out with Farmer on May 4, 1961. A few days later, Mulholland was horrified to see images of smoke pouring from a f irebombeci bus in Anniston, Ala., in the morning newspaper. She packed her bags, took a plane to New Orleans, and headed into Jackson, Miss., knowing she would be arrested. Green, a Washington, D.C., native, was a student at the historically black Virginia Union College in Richmond when he heard about the firebombing in Anniston. He was a veteran of the movement, too, having participated in sit- ins at Richmond's White Tower Restaurant. Like Mulholland, he saw images of the burnt hull of the bus. He got a call from an older Virginia Union student, Charles Sherrod, who was looking for reinforcements for the original 1 3 Riders. Green, now a Baptist minister, recalled the words of the biblical James. "Faith without works is dead" he told the audience. So Green got to work. He and two classmates, in their best jackets and ties, boarded a Trailways bus at Ninth and Broad streets in Richmond and ended up in jail in Jackson, Miss., with James Farmer and 400 others. "As I look back on it," Green said, "it was the proudest moment of my life." Hearing the stories of Green and Mulholland carried Fredericksburg artist Johnny Johnson back to the great sacrifices people made for justice, many in his local community. A civil rights activist and the first African American to teach at Mary Washington, Johnson attended the opening of James Farmer and the Freedom Rides. He and Farmer were friends. They spoke often, and Farmer's students sought out Johnson as a living voice of the struggle for civil rights. Left: Joan Mulholland holds Breach of Peace open to her 1961 Jackson, Miss., mug shot. Above: Mulholland, fellow-Rider Reginald Green, center, and the book's author, Eric Etheridge, attended the exhibit opening Feb. 7 and spoke on campus that evening. 1 4 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 Putting the Movement on Wheels The Freedom Rides from start to finish: > The Freedom Rides were designed to test a 1960 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public transportation terminals. According to James Farmer, the strategist behind the Rides, "Our intention was to provoke the Southern authorities into arresting us and thereby prod the Justice Department into enforcing the law of the land." y On May 4, 1961, a group of 13 racially mixed Riders boarded two commercial buses in Washington, D.C. They planned to arrive in New Orleans on May 17 to mark the day seven years earlier that the Supreme Court had outlawed public school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education. They meandered from Virginia to Georgia with few incidents. r On Mother's Day, May 14, 1961, just after church, one of the buses rolled into Anniston, Ala. Led by a local Ku Klux Klan leader, a mob - many still in their Sunday best - smashed bus glass with brass knuckles and battered its metal with crowbars. A firebomb flew through a shattered window, and the motor coach filled with acrid smoke. Frantic riders squeezed through broken windows and dropped to the ground. Others clawed and kicked at doors, but the rioters held them shut, screaming, "Burn them alive!" And worse. * Later that same day, the other bus was met in Birmingham by what the city's segregationist commissioner of public safety called a "welcoming committee." The Birmingham police chief told Klan leaders they could have their way with the Riders. "We're going to allow you 15 minutes," he said. "You can beat 'em, bomb 'em, maim 'em, kill 'em....There will be absolutely no arrests." > In Alabama, citizen vigilantes threatened, and civil unrest nearly consumed Birmingham and Montgomery. A young U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy negotiated round-the-clock with state officials. In the end, the federal government flew the nearly broken original Riders to New Orleans in what Kennedy called a "Freedom Plane." The nation and its president, Johj^^ F. Kennedy, breathed a sigh of relief, thinking thjg^mdes were over and the crisis had passed. r A student group in Nashville, Tenn., knew that if the Freedom Rides ended, it would prove to racist hate groups that violence could prevail. The Nashville students rode buses into the heart of the unrest, Birmingham, and on to Montgomery to continue the Freedom Rides. > In Alabama, the Nashville student Riders were met by rioting segregationists. The Freedom Riders holed up for days in Montgomery, and newspapers and television screens were awash with graphic pictures and accounts of riots and civil unrest in the Alabama capital. Attorney General Kennedy called in federal marshals. r As mob rule threatened to govern Montgomery, Attorney General Kennedy asked the Riders to consider a "cooling-off period" to restore peace. James Farmer responded: My objective is not just to make a point, but to bring about a real change in the situation. We will continue the Ride until people can sit wherever they wish on buses and use the facilities in any waiting room available to the public. . ..We have been cooling off for 350 years. If we cool off any more, we will be in a deep freeze. The Freedom Ride will go on. P- Inspired by Farmer's words and the courageous Nashville students, Riders of all races, religions, and ages got on buses. With a Mississippi prison as their certain destination, Riders from all walks of life and all parts of the country flocked to the Deep South. > During the summer of 1961, 436 Freedom Riders were incarcerated in isolation in the Mississippi Delta's maximum security Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm. y > On Nov. 1, 1961, the Interstate Commerce ^^*Commission forced the removal of all "whites only" signs in any terminal serving interstate travelers. > The Civil Rights Act passed on July 2, 1964. Victory was achieved. Johnson remembers when the Fredericksburg City Council wouldn't permit the Virginia NAACP to meet at a local church; that changed when the group threatened to have their statewide meeting on the street in front of City Hall. While Farmer and the Freedom Riders traveled South, Johnson taught in segregated Fredericksburg schools and welcomed students from Prince Edward County, Va., where the schools were shut down rather than integrated. Johnson was impressed by Mary Washington's efforts to get Farmer the recognition he deserves. "I'm very sentimental, and I had a few tears as I listened and reminisced," he said. "It was deeply moving to me; I was kind of high the rest of the day. It felt very good." While Freedom Riders were walking into segregated bus stations, Fredericksburg's Gaye Adegbalola and other young black people were sitting at a Fredericksburg lunch counter with whites gathered behind them waving Confederate flags, hurling racial epithets, and spitting. At the exhibit opening, Green and Mulholland were "radiant," she said. "I just yelled, 'Thank you! Thank you!'" Adegbalola, a blues musician and retired Fredericksburg teacher, was moved that Mulholland, a young white woman, "went out looking for activism and really put her life on the line." The exhibit was more of a living history than anyone could find in a textbook - something priceless in education, Adegbalola said. "If you give them the feeling of what it was like to be in the experience - that teaches so much." Adegbalola returned to the bus many times, but at night - with the photos bathed in the soft glow of exhibit lights, and with Top to bottom: When Fredericksburg's Gaye Adegbalola saw the Freedom Riders, she cried, "Thank you! Thank you!" Cade Sparks backs the bus onto Ball Circle. Two years ago, Multicultural Center Assistant Director Courtney Chapman dreamed of a bus on campus to celebrate the Rides. When the bus arrived Feb. 4, she squealed, "I feel like a kid, and I got a bus for Christmas!" the subtle music playing - she found it even more powerful. "Sometimes you just need to see the images to reaffirm what my people did with the help of good white allies. To have that exhibit just really was a way to drive that point home - to see just how much gain there has been since I was a kid. Another thing that was moving was to see all the mug shots of the Freedom Riders; they were college students. I am sure for students up there [at UMWj, it was like looking at themselves." For senior Joe Calpin, the images transformed the Riders from history book characters to real people - who probably pondered the same issues he does. Photos in the exhibit of two Mary Washington students made him consider his role today. The two slim dark-haired women seem to stand side by side. But one student, photographed in 1961, is in black and white; the other, a recent image, is in color. Beside them are the words, "Be it 1961 or 2011: WOULD YOU GET ON THE BUS?" "It is as if the exhibit gives the Rides this pressing relevance: There are buses to ride today," Calpin said. "Seeing the pictures of Freedom Riders when they were our age, and seeing Rev. Green and Joan Mulholland today, you get a sense of what one can accomplish in a lifetime. It makes you think of how fast time goes, how much you can do in a lifetime, and also just how much change you can accomplish in one generation." With the anniversary of the Freedom Rides on the horizon last year, President Hurley wanted the University to be the K> UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 epicenter of spreading the word about how Farmer and the Riders made and changed history. "We were honored with James Farmer's presence on this campus for more than 10 years, and what he did in being a leader in the nation's civil rights movement deserves recognition at the highest level," Hurley said. With the green light from the president, Chief of Staff Wilder assembled a group from across disciplines and throughout campus to plan a semester's worth of events, including classes, seminars, and speakers. Wilder needed "doers," he said, so he called Courtney Chapman, assistant director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center, who brought boundless enthusiasm and a big idea - bring a 1960s-era bus to campus. You can't miss a "big ol' bus," Chapman said, and everybody has ridden them. "Most of the UMW students rode a bus to school every day when they were kids; they ride the bus to Wal-Mart. Yet they have no idea what buses symbolize in U.S. history. The fact is that two friends could not sit on the bus together because the color of their skin was different." By illustrating the Freedom Rides against the backdrop of something so familiar and with such visual impact, Chapman said, UMW could tell the story of how the U.S. has progressed from mandated segregation to a nation where everybody can get on a bus, sit where they want, and accompany whom they please. But you can't just order up a vintage bus - Chapman even trawled Craigslist and eBay to find one. Fall semester began with just five months until the exhibit was to open, and UMW still was without its wheels. Then, in September, Wilder was heading home from the groundbreaking for the new UMW Dahlgren campus. As he drove through rural King George County, he spied it! Off in the woods, nestled among computer parts, discarded furniture, and other treasures, was a beautiful 40-foot bus. During installation, workers used Maria Schultz's exhibit design as a road map. Above, a scale model of the exhibit balances on a wheel barrow heaped full of Ball Circle soil. Enter Cade Sparks, owner of the "Big Mac," once the private touring coach of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. Wilder braved the barking of a dog and knocked persistently on Sparks' door. Wilder was shocked to find that Sparks was not only willing to team up to celebrate the Freedom Rides, but that he already had them on his mind. Sparks' friend, the curator of the Greyhound bus museum in Hibbing, Minn., had approached the bus aficionado about working with him to commemorate their 50th anniversary. Sparks got on board with the UMW project almost immediately, with one caveat regarding the aging "Big Mac." "What you see is what you get," he told Wilder. With the bus under contract to UMW, Wilder assembled a group to plan an outdoor exhibition with the bus as its backbone. Five people from among University Design and Editorial Services, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the Department of Historic Preservation were assigned to get the exhibit rolling. Elisabeth Sommer, a museum specialist and a visiting professor of museum studies, guided the group to articulate the one idea it most wanted to convey - the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s were a powerful example of student action for social justice in the face of real danger. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE - SPRING 2011 Lessons from the Rides Since January, UMW has made local, state, and national headlines for visits by Freedom Riders and top scholars of the civil rights movement and for exhibits such as James Farmer and the Freedom Rides, which was built around an aging bus. In classrooms, the celebration has been academic - and just as enthusiastic. Semester-long classes Were devoted to James Farmer and the Freedom Rides. Elisabeth Sommer, visiting professor of historic preservation, led her Museum Interpretation and Exhibit Design Lab students in creating the exhibit Down Freedom's Main Line in the lobby of Dodd Auditorium. They installed much of it before the March 30 screening of the PBS movie Freedom Riders. "I'm extremely proud of what the students accomplished in a short amount of time," Sommer said. "It was an extraordinary feat of teamwork and creativity." Ray Arsenault, a foremost Freedom Rides scholar and professor of Southern history at the University of South Florida, was so impressed by the exhibit that he invited the professor and her students to the PBS gala in honor of the Freedom Riders at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Faculty from the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Anand Rao and Tim O'Donnell, coordinated two classes around the commemoration. Students in Rao's Documenting Social Movements class learned the story of the 1961 campaign and explored the role of media - old and new - in social change. O'Donnell's Freedom Riders course focused on applying the lessons of the Rides to contemporary circumstances by asking students to answer the question, "What would you get on the bus for today?" Together, the classes worked to capture and document the sights and sounds of the semester-long commemoration in addition to creating an online archive of student- generated content inspired by its themes. University-wide, plans are also under way for an annual first-year seminar beginning next fall - James Farmer and the Struggle for Civil Rights. With seven faculty members from across disciplines teaching sections of the class, many UMW freshmen will start their college careers with a deep knowledge of the civil rights leader who once taught at their school. Colin Rafferty of the English department taught a first-year seminar on Farmer's legacy this spring; in American studies, Jess Rigelhaupt and his students studied the Freedom Rides in the context of events of the 1 960s. UMW also has established a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civil Rights and Social Justice. To round out the semester PBS chose Charles Reed U to be on board the 2011 Freedom Ride, which is retracing the 1961 route. Reed is the only Virginia college student invited to ride. and the celebration, two Freedom Riders were scheduled to deliver Commencement addresses on campus: U.S. Rep. Bob Filner of California at the graduate commencement ceremony and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia at the undergraduate ceremony. They will be at Mary Washington nearly 50 years to the day after the first 13 Freedom Riders, including Lewis and James Farmer, boarded buses from Washington, D.C, for New Orleans. The last UMW tribute of the semester to the Freedom Riders was set for Sunday, May 8. PBS American Experience is retracing the route of the first Ride with a bus full of original Riders and modern-day students, including UMW senior Charles Reed. The 2011 Freedom Ride leaves D.C. that morning. Its first stop will honor the-rffan who started it all - James Farmer - at his memorj^fjn Campus Walk. - Neva S. Trenis For more information on UMW's celebration of the Freedom Rides, ao to freedomrides.umw.edu. Research began on everything from accurate information about the first Rides, to how to acquire photos, how to design an exhibit around a bus, how to make panels hold up through the harshest winter months, what to do to get the word out about the exhibit, and a whole lot more. It fell to UMW designer Maria Schultz to figure out how to tell a story on a bus exterior. On the motor coach and on the two 8-by-40-foot panels that flanked it, Schultz carefully arranged photos, quotes from Riders, and narrative about what happened. She became overwhelmed as she studied images of bloodied passengers and hate-filled faces, and as she read the words of Southern officials who failed to protect those they labeled "agitators." Schultz was born 20 years after the Freedom Rides, and the story of the long, hard struggle was new to her. "I just couldn't believe all this happened in our history and I didn't even know about it," she said. She guided installers as they applied images to bus 1 8 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 windows. She watched as electricians and AV specialists wired for light and sound. And one cold February day, she worked alongside carpenters from sunup to sundown as they built the exhibit on Campus Walk. Schultz loved the work; it made her proud to see how the University community got behind the exhibit. Painters, gardeners, professors, librarians, campus police officers, students, housekeepers, and everyone who was asked to help gave it their all. "Everybody I worked with got on our bus," she said. That included owner Cade Sparks. After he delivered the bus to a Spotsylvania County garage, he stayed as the images went on the windows. In the quiet, he contemplated the horrible scenes, knowing the most graphic photos never made it to the morning papers. Mobs beat photojournalists and destroyed their cameras. "It was very powerful for me," he said. The next morning, Sparks drove the bus, with those images in the windows, to campus. On the highway, he said, in car after car, people were looking at the pictures, pointing, talking to one another, trying to figure out what the bus was about. As he turned onto Sunken Road by the University, he got a surprise. "I just got this big smile on my face," he said. The sidewalk was lined with dozens of people. "For lack of a better word, it was humbling. I was driving along, and every construction worker, every student, every person on the side of the road who had a cell phone was snapping pictures of the bus. To be a part of that gives you a very warm feeling." lWw ielw sstws For some Riders, Mary Washington's March 30 screening of the American Experience film Freedom Riders was a reunion. Freedom Rider Charles Person, then a Morehouse College freshman, left D.C. with James Farmer on the first bus in May 1961. So did ]et magazine reporter Simeon Booker and photographer Ted Gaffney. On the Ride from Atlanta to Birmingham, Klansmen seized the bus as the journalists looked on. They beat Person unconscious and, at the Birmingham, Ala., station, delivered him to a crowd wielding iron pipes, bats, and brass knuckles. Booker knew what Southern racists were capable of. He had covered the 1955 trial of two white men for beating Left: Charles Person, top, was 18 and the youngest Freedom Rider to leave D.C. with James Farmer in 1961. Theodore Gaffney, bottom, was Jet magazine's embedded photographer on the bus and saw Person beaten by Klansmen. Here Gaffney stands by a photo of himself, Riders, and Jet reporter Simeon Booker in the student exhibit Down Freedom's Main Line. Person, Gaffney, and Booker attended the UMW March 30 screening of the PBS film Freedom Riders. Bottom: Lindsay Hansome '12 reacts to a difficult scene from the film in Dodd Auditorium. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 1 9 14-year-old Emmitt Till to death; they said the boy had whistled at a white woman. But the 1961 Alabama Ride "was a frightening experience, the worst encountered in almost 20 years of journalism," Booker wrote for Jet after the harrowing trip. In that same June 1961 jet article, Booker described how the driver and local Klansmen colluded to enforce the "blacks in the back" rule of the South. The fresh-faced Person sat near the front of the bus. "Without a word of warning, a fist crashed against the head of Charles Person," Booker wrote. Person, now 68, still finds it difficult to talk about the Freedom Ride. When he came to Mary Washington and saw Booker and Gaffney for the first time since he was 18, words failed again. He wept. The surroundings that evening of the film premiere added to the poignancy of the reunion. A historic preservation class had created an exhibit, Down Freedoms Main Line, in the Dodd Auditorium foyer. Before the film screening, visiting Freedom Riders were surrounded by mementos there, including 1961 photos, some shot by Gaffney. Buttons from the civil rights movement were on display, including CORE and Freedom Rider buttons. Above a life- size photo of Riders waiting at the Birmingham station hung an authentic, battered wooden "whites only" sign. A June 1, 1961, edition of Jet was open to Booker's first-person piece recounting the violent Atlanta-to-Birmingham journey. Person and his wife had traveled to UMW from their home in Atlanta for the screening of Freedom Riders; Catherine Burks-Brooks had come from Birmingham; Green and Mulholland had made their return to UMW from Washington, D.C. All came at the request of Raymond Arsenault, a historian and author they had come to know well through hours of interviews about the Rides. Arsenault wrote Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Freedom, on which the film they were about to view was based. Dodd Auditorium was full that March night as today's students looked across the room at aging versions of themselves. The very Freedom Riders UMW students had seen in black-and-white archival photos came to life in front of them - now with gray hair, weathered faces, and slower movements - but with strong and steady voices that told of risking their lives to make America rise to its promise of liberty and justice for all. When the four Riders were introduced, the enthusiastic crowd rose to its feet with thundering appreciation. As the film Freedom Riders rolled, the audience met the Riders in their youth. Footage of students in their Sunday best boarding a Greyhound to face the unknown was followed by images of hate-filled mobs and burning buses. Interviews included eyewitness accounts of segregationists colluding with officials - they planned to breathe new life into Jim Crow by nearly murdering Freedom Riders. During the darker scenes, some viewers shook their heads in disbelief; others averted their eyes. At the front of the auditorium, a Rider's tears reflected thin streams of light from the screen. But when the soul-steadying songs the Riders had sung in prison rang through the auditorium, all the Freedom Riders joined in full voice. "We shall not, we shall not he moved! We shall not, we shall not he moved." When the final credits rolled, the audience again sprang to its feet, this time for the powerful story, and still more for the heroes who found the power to better America. Just a day after the screening of Freedom Riders, its writer, author Ray Arsenault, returned to Dodd Auditorium as part of the popular UMW Great Lives lecture series. All of the 436 brave individuals who made their way through the South in 1961 were "great lives," Arsenault told the audience. While the American civil rights movement might have appeared to have been orchestrated by charismatic orators in suits and ties, the key element of the Freedom Ride movement was its individuals. "The power of the foot soldiers - the bonding of people who put their lives on the line - is the power of this movement," the foremost historian of the Freedom Rides said. Arsenault, a professor of Southern history at the University of South Florida, told the crowd in Dodd about many of them. He told about the blind 44-year-old white housewife from Rochester, N.Y., whose husband read her 2 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 the paper each morning. After reading to her the account of the Anniston firebombing, despite all odds, she got on a bus. Another was an Indonesian exchange student who got on the bus only to have the Jackson police puzzle over whether he was white or black - it mattered deeply to officials in the racially segregated prison. Arsenault also talked about theology student William Barbee, a "gentle soul" who rode the bus only to have his head held tight beneath a Klansman's boot as another drcwe a pipe through his ear. Barbee survived but never recovered. Committed to nonviolence, he wouldn't sign the warrant for the arrest of two KKK members, though they were widely witnessed as the perpetrators of Barbee's injuries. No one man, Barbee said, should be held responsible for the Jim Crow system of the South. "That is the truest expression of the ethic of love and redemption - these were people who were looking for the beloved community," Arsenault said. "The Freedom Rides tell story after story of great lives, stories of triumph, but also of incredible sacrifice." Arsenault characterized the Freedom Riders as individuals who had "no right" to think they could change society - they were young, they had little money, and movement elders told them they were crazy, or worse, that they would set back "the cause." Birmingham native Catherine Burks-Brooks, left, was one of four Freedom Riders who spoke in Dodd Auditorium on March 31. One very late night in 1961, she recalled, notorious Birmingham police commissioner Bull Connor delivered Burks-Brooks and other Riders from jail to the Tennessee state line, and he told them not to return. "I told my friend, Bull, we'd be back in Birmingham by high noon." Here, she is part of a panel that included fellow Rider Reginald Green. Ray Arsenault wrote The Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for RacialJustice. He visited campus for the screening of the American Experience film based on his book and to deliver a Great Lives lecture. When Arsenault stopped on Campus Walk to photograph the James Farmer memorial, he caught a photographer's eye. "Can't you wait? Can't you be patient? Do you really have to have freedom nowl" Arsenault mimicked parents asking. "Their answer was, 'YES!'" Arsenault told the audience. "There was a truth-telling power to their lives - 436 stories of courage and commitment." With that, Arsenault introduced the people who had lived great lives - Freedom Riders Charles Person, Catherine Burks-Brooks, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, and Reginald Green. For a second night, they were greeted with resounding applause as the crowd in Dodd Auditorium rose to its feet. Burks-Brooks was among the Riders who provided backup from Nashville after the first attacks at Montgomery and Birmingham. The Tennessee State senior, like most of the student Riders, missed final exams for the cause. At UMW, she recalled how Birmingham's storied Bull Connor, commissioner of public safety, piled her and other Riders from the Birmingham jail into police cars under cover of night. With no idea where they were headed, the spunky 21-year-old bantered with the segregationist, even inviting him to have breakfast with the group. When they got to the Alabama/Tennessee state line a couple of hours before dawn, Connor told her, "This is where you'll be getting out," adding that the students better UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 2 1 set on home and save themselves a whole lot of trouble. Burks-Brooks, then a big fan of Westerns, shot from the hip. "I told my friend, Bull, we'd be back in Birmingham by high noon." As a child Burks-Brooks thought something was wrong with the way African Americans were treated in her hometown of Birmingham. By fifth grade or so she knew something was wrong, so she started speaking - and acting - up. "Something was wrong," she said. "And I thought everyone should know about it." Once, on the way home from high school, she threw the "colored only" sign out the window of a city bus. She trained in nonviolence and participated in sit-ins before she became a Freedom Rider. She said that all along - despite their youth - she and others were thinking of making things better, not just for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren. Arsenault asked Burks-Brooks what her parents thought of her ways. "My mother used to tell people, 'Well, you all know she came out feet first.' And I have been just kicking all the time since." Rider Charles Person grew up on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was involved in boycotts and civil rights action. An exceptionally gifted math and science student, he had been accepted at MIT, but Georgia Tech turned the promising youngster down for one reason - his skin color. Person was only 18 when he heeded CORE's call for Freedom Riders. He headed to Washington, D.C., and trained with CORE's original Riders, who included James Farmer. The night before the first Ride departed, the adults went out for Chinese food, he recalled. But Person, the youngest Freedom Rider, drank water and ate pumpernickel bread alone in the CORE office. "Because they were going to serve 'adult beverages,' " he said. The student of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and James Farmer was raised to avoid violence. Though he came from a line of hunters, he and his brothers were trained to handle guns but were cautioned not to carry them - or even pen knives - as many boys did. Any weapon would invite retaliation, Person's father warned his sons. But Person said neither his training nor his upbringing prepared him for what he and others experienced on the Freedom Rides. "We had no idea of the things that awaited us in Anniston and Birmingham," he said. Being raised in a culture of civility, Person didn't believe an adult man would beat up a "kid" or a woman, he said. He was ready to have things thrown at him, to have cigarettes extinguished on his skin, and even to be spat upon. But he wasn't prepared for faces that betrayed hearts filled deep with hate. "What does it take to make someone hate someone they've never even seen before?" he pondered, as he has done for 50 years. "How could our just being there bring out these kinds of emotions? That is what I don't understand." Though Person's face has aged from the boy in the Freedom Ride photos, there is still something young about it - a look of slight vulnerability and deep kindness. Person didn't only study nonviolence; he chose it as a way of life and even stuck to those principles when he served the U.S. in Southeast Asia. "I was a better Marine because of the movement," Person told the crowd at Dodd Auditorium. "If it hadn't been for that experience, I don't know if I would have survived Vietnam. I was cool. Nothing rattled me." Arsenault, who was invited along with all living Freedom Riders to appear May 4 on television's Oprah Show, said that these courageous individuals "have been forgotten for decades." On the 50th anniversary, he's glad they're being remembered in such a big way. w® IMS fifflte ®d In the two months James Farmer and the Freedom Rides was on Ball Circle, it was visited by church and school groups, by families, by out-of-towners, by UMW applicants and their parents, and by the Mary Washington students who passed the bus each day. Like President Hurley, many in the UMW community said they were "moved by the message and the beauty" of the old bus. What Farmer and the Freedom Riders did so all could enjoy more equality today, Hurley said, is worthy of an unprecedented celebration. "And I also think it is important for today's students to understand the courage young students had back then because they believed so strongly in the cause and the sacrifices they made." 2 2 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 But the original Freedom Riders who came to UMW during the celebration brought more than stories of the past. They brought challenges for the future. In 1961, Joan Mulholland had no intention of participating in the Freedom Rides, but "when the occasion presents itself, one has to act," she said. Then a teenager, Mulholland had ribbed her friend Hank Thomas about leaving for a "vacation" down South when he joined the very first Freedom Ride. But when she saw the image of Thomas choking and beaten beside the bus in Anniston, she knew her occasion had arrived. "In keeping with Gandhi's teaching, if one person fell by the wayside and couldn't continue, the next person stepped up to take his place," Mulholland said. "I was there. "Us old gray hairs are sort of past our prime, perhaps, but to the students, I say, you have to seize your moment. What we hope is that by knowing what we did, you will have the inspiration and the knowledge to move forward in a new direction, whether it be right here or on the streets of Cairo." Green told UMW students that he and other college-aged Riders who spent the summer in the maximum security state penitentiary became James Farmer's students. "I remember him singing in Parchman, 'Which side are you on, boys? Which side are you on?' with that big, deep voice." The young Freedom Riders changed America, Green said, and today there is still more to be done. "Now is the challenge from all of us," he told the crowd at Mary Washington. "Young people, college students, find some project, some issue that you are passionate about. Maybe it's hunger. Maybe it's ecology. Maybe it's education. Maybe it's about all that." Find something, Green implored. "We've come too far to turn back now." m WAITING ROOM WHITE INTRASTATE Reporter Simeon Booker, left, covered the original Freedom Ride for Jet magazine. He and Rider Reginald Green sit before a life-size image of the Birmingham Greyhound station waiting room. The archival image is part of Down Freedom's Main Line, the student-created exhibit that also featured Booker's original June 1961 Jet magazine article about the brutal Ride through Alabama. The sign above the photo is authentic, purchased by students on eBay. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 2 3 Survey Says . New questionnaire asks what your university has done for you and what you can do for your university By Lisa Chinn '92 Fifty-one years have passed since Betty Ditmars Prosser '60 graduated from Mary Washington, but the gratitude she feels toward her alma mater remains so strong that she was moved to put it into words. "Mary Washington was a beginning that introduced us to our future and hopefully prepared us for it," she wrote in her Class Notes entry in the back of this issue. "We are who we are because of those years. A toast to Mary Washington . . . and cheers to the dedicated professors and staff who nurtured our dreams and made us a 'family' away from home." Now the University of Mary Washington would like to translate such prose into a poll. A new comprehensive alumni survey, designed to streamline the way the University collects information about its graduates, aims to make the UMW experience even more meaningful for future students. Fifteen minutes of time is all that's being asked of survey recipients. Administrators, who spent months laboriously customizing the questionnaire to fit Mary Washington's needs, ask everyone, please, to participate. "As an alumnus, if you have received a good education from this institution, wouldn't you want that to be continued from generation to generation?" said Taiwo Ande, assistant provost for institutional analysis and effectiveness. "Alumni have a very vital role in the development of this University." As UMW President Richard V. Hurley began embracing an important part of his job - publicly promoting the school, its instructors, and its students - one obstacle kept popping up. Despite surveys regularly sent to alumni by an array of departments, including University Relations, Career Services, and the administrative offices of individual disciplines, a '. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Assistant Provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness Taiwo Ande hopes all Mary Washington alumni will complete the first comprehensive survey of UMW grads. standardized collection of information about graduates was missing. "The right hand was not necessarily telling the left hand what it had been doing," Ande said. At Hurley's request, Chief of Staff Martin A. Wilder Jr. formed a group of college officials to address the dilemma. The committee, made up of key members of Mary Washington's faculty and staff, first met last August. They scoured alumni surveys distributed by other schools, like the University of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia College. They meticulously whittled away at 17 pages of questions, sculpting two slightly different surveys - one for recent graduates and another for those who finished five years ago or more - that are tailor-made for Mary Washington. "We went through five, six, seven levels of scrutiny before we finally came up with the instrument we feel we need to garner general information," said Ande, whose office is responsible for analyzing the data collected. "At the end, we are hoping we'll have a very clear picture of our graduates." What will be revealed are the answers to questions regularly posed to Hurley and other school administrators: • how many students go on to graduate school? • what professions do graduates choose? • how much money do they earn? • in what ways has their Mary Washington education enhanced their careers? But the survey delves deeper. It also seeks to expose the more sentimental side of the Mary Washington experience. If they had to do it over again, for example, would grads choose to attend UMW? Are they still in touch with college friends? How often have they visited campus since graduation? "Mary Washington alumni often describe a feeling of instant connection and friendship upon encountering a fellow graduate in their everyday lives," said Alumni Association President Derek M. Bottcher '96. "This survey presents an opportunity for alumni to help UMW understand our unbreakable bond with the University itself, and with one another." Officials hope to complete their analysis of this spring's initial questionnaire before the start of the fall semester. After that, they will conduct subsequent surveys in regular intervals to keep the database fresh. "I look forward to citing this information in speeches to prospective students and their parents, when talking to alumni to build pride in and support for their alma mater, and with legislators and other state officials," Hurley said in a recent message to UMW faculty and staff. Because this is the University's first truly comprehensive alumni questionnaire, officials are hoping for an optimum response rate. The current economic climate, Ande said, makes participation even more vital. With the University receiving fewer government dollars, he said, it's up to students, alumni, faculty, and staff to explore alternate ways of moving Mary Washington forward. The new questionnaire can help because the data it collects will allow administrators to tout the achievements of alumni, enhance the University's stature and visibility, and measure the effectiveness of various departments. "We know that our alumni do great things. We know that they are highly valued by employers. We know that they get into some of the top grad schools in the nation. We know that they have very meaningful careers and valuable lives," Wilder said. "We need to document - and celebrate - all that information." m. Make sure your voice is heard... If you have not already completed a survey in response to an email request, please: 1. Go to www.umw.edu/alumni/survey. 2. Select the appropriate survey based on your year of graduation. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 25 The Dismemberment Plan, featuring members, from left to right, Eric Axelson '94, Joe Easley, Jason Caddeli '93, and Travis Morrison, got its start when Axelson and Caddeli met as college students on the University of Mary Washington campus. The Mary Washington guys had more than their music wrapped up in the boxes delivered to campus back in 1993* They'd taken precious time away from their studies to record a sampling of songs, invested hard-to-come-by cash to form a start-up label, and ordered their tunes pressed onto a thousand 7-inch records. But, as Mike Charnoff '95 ripped into the packages and peered inside, he was dumbfounded. The debut records - the ones he'd requested in red-and-white-marbled vinyl - had come out . . . pink. "Considering the catastrophic failure we felt at the time the boxes were opened, they have become quite a thing, those pink 7-inchers," Philip Stoneman '95 said of the now- coveted bubblegum-colored records The Dismemberment Plan cut in college. The band, which has enjoyed a high-profile resurgence with a recent string of sold-out reunion shows, would spew its elusive style and boundless energy across the Mary Washington campus - and the world - for the next 10 years. They would tour with Pearl Jam, co-headline with Death Cab for Cutie, and release four albums before finally calling it quits in 2003 and leaving faithful fans hungry for more. Lessons learned and friendships formed in college set • UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 the stage for The Dismemberment Plan's success - even if classmates back then weren't sure what to make of the music. "Mary Washington, in 1993, was still pretty conservative, and our music was kind of outrageous. We did not sound like anything else on campus at that point," said bassist Eric Axelson '94, who describes The Plan's style as "like the Talking Heads but on a lot of coffee." Axelson, now 39, had been at college just days when he met Jason Caddell '93 on the steps of Westmoreland Hall. In addition to a love for the guitar, the two shared similar tastes in music, and they soon formed a punk-rock band with an ironically collegiate name, the Board of Visitors. "We toured major locations like Virginia Hall," Caddell, also 39, said of the short-lived group. But the two stumbled across something far more enduring when they teamed up with Axelson's high school friends - frontman Travis Morrison, who was at the College of William and Mary, and drummer Steve Cummings, who went to VCU - to create The Dismemberment Plan. Formed on New Year's Day, 1993, the band got its name from a line in the movie Groundhog Day, when Bill Murray's character runs into an old friend who'd sold him insurance "with the optional death and dismemberment plan." There was talk early on of changing the macabre moniker to something shorter, catchier, and a little less gory, but in the end "it just stuck," Morrison told the worldwide concert publication Pollstar. Morrison wrote the songs, and the group often practiced in the Fredericksburg basement of Lisa Biever '96. They hit the local music scene hard, hauling their high-energy shows to Mary Washington's Underground, Eagle's Nest, and Great Hall; to off-campus parties and downtown venues like Sammy T's; and even to Washington, D.C., hot spots like the Black Cat and the 9:30 Club. \ CAN WE BE MATURE WOULDN'T YOU UKE TQ KNOW 33.3RPM THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN Mike Charnoff '95, Jason Chipman '95, and Brian Hollingsworth formed Alcove Records specifically to put out The Dismemberment Plan's first record. The red and white vinyl they requested accidentally turned out pink, but decades later, the record's quirky color has made it a hot commodity. "Their songs were kind of like miniature explosions," said Stoneman, who booked most of the band's UMW shows through the school's student-run entertainment committee, Giant Productions. He, Caddell, and Axelson worked for Giant in college, gaining valuable insight into the music industry. The group's stage-show gusto was a complement to its eclectic underground sound, described on The Plan's website as "indie rock" and "post- punk funk." Their signature style melded an array of musical genres with complicated arrangements, angular song construction, and unusual time signatures. "It could be a bit much for some people at first listen," said lead guitarist Caddell. "When you combine those elements, you tend to take people's heads off from time to time." While The Plan was building its musical steam, Charnoff and friends Brian Plollingsworth, who transferred before graduation, and Jason Chipman '95 were toying with the idea of starting a record label. "We'd written a bunch of songs, and Mike and his friends offered to put out the record," said Axelson, who plays bass and keyboard. "In the same way we were learning to be a band, they were learning to be a label." Charnoff named the venture Alcove Records because he worked out of a closet-like alcove in the home where he lived on Fredericksburg's Fall Hill Avenue. The guys produced the 33-rpm records - the ones that mistakenly turned out pink - with only about $1,500. "To call it a shoestring operation is giving it too much credit," said Charnoff, who is now an attorney and member of the UMW Alumni Board. Despite humble beginnings, The Plan started digging its nails deep into the halls of music history. A reluctance to tour led original drummer Cummings to quit, and his UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 2 " SEV N C ASS ACTS The Dismemberment Plan is in good company. Did you know that the following bands were also born on campuses? R.E.M.: University of Georgia, 1980 The R.E.M. masterpiece began to take shape when U.Ga. art student Michael Stipe (vocals) met record store employee Peter Buck (guitar), who had dropped out of Emory University. The picture was completed when the pair met two more U.Ga. students at a party - bassist Mike Mills had an interest in English literature and journalism, and drummer Bill Berry was studying pre-law. Radiohead: Abingdon School, 1985 They might not have been ready for college quite yet, but the members of Radiohead did meet on a school campus - an all-boys prep school in Oxfordshire, England. Thorn Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano), Ed O'Brien (guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and brothers Colin (bass) and Jonny Greenwood (guitar, keyboard) rehearsed on Fridays in the school's music room. Styx: Chicago State University, 1969 A lesson in success, Styx got its start at Chicago State, where many of the group's members were studying to become teachers. Twin brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums) had made music with their Chicago neighbor Dennis DeYoung (vocals) before the trio signed up at CSU. There they met guitarists John Curulewski, a fellow CSU student, and James "J.Y." Young, who studied aerospace engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Pink Floyd: Regent Street Polytechnic, 1965 Pink Floyd began building a name for itself when a group of architecture students from London's RSP - drummer Nick Mason, bassist Roger Waters, and keyboardist Richard Wright - joined forces. Coldplay: University College of London, 1996 Success was written in the stars for Coldplay. UCL astronomy major Jonny Buckland (guitar) met Chris Martin (vocals), who was interested in ancient world studies, during orientation week. Martin played on the school's hockey team with anthropology major Will Champion (percussion). Engineering major Guy Berryman (bass) joined later. Queen: Imperial College, 1971 Queen's reign began at Imperial College, when Brian May (guitar), who holds a doctorate in astrophysics from the London school, was an undergraduate there. May hooked up with bassist Tim Staffell (later replaced by John Deacon), who went to Ealing Art College with Farrokh "Freddie Mercury" Bulsara (lead vocals). When May placed an ad for a drummer on a college bulletin board, dental student Roger Taylor responded, and the group originally called itself "Smile." Creed: Florida State University, 1995 The whole gang hailed from FSU. Vocalist Scott Stapp, who studied law, and guitarist MarkTremonti, a finance major, met in high school, then teamed up with bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips, who majored in business. The above information was largely gathered from the Online Universities website. replacement, Joe Easley, clicked well with the band. They began touring consistently, polishing their act along the way and gaining momentum with every show. "They became much more mature in their playing and their presentation," said Stoneman, an audio engineer who often has served as tour manager for The Plan and other hands, and has been an adjunct professor. The Plan was still on an upward climb in 2003, when they decided they'd had enough. It would be nice, they thought, to walk away on a high note. "We had yet to make any significant career blunders," Axelson said. "After 10 years of really flogging it, you get pretty damned tired." Besides, the corporate world was calling. Living in Washington, D.C., Axelson and Caddell - both English majors - have pursued professions outside of the hand. Caddell is a freelance audio engineer, and Axelson, who has worked as a data analyst and taught AP English literature in a D.C. high school, is now a civics program manager for Rock the Vote. Morrison is a developer for The Huffington Post, and Easley works in robotics for NASA. They've all maintained their musical ties, as well. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Morrison attempted a solo career that stopped before it started when the online music publication Pitchfork slammed his 2004 album. Now he sings in a church choir in downtown Manhattan. Axelson has played with a group called Maritime and another called Statehood, which also featured Easley. Caddell tours with his current band, Poor But Sexy. "We still are four nerds who love music and love to bounce it off each other," Caddell told NPR in January. But The Plan remains the tie that binds. Since its I o official breakup, the group § has delighted die-hard fans J with periodic performances, s including two reunion 1 shows to benefit the health Top, left to right: Members of The Dismemberment Plan - bassist Bottom, left to right: Travis Morrison, Eric Axelson '94, and Jason Caddell '93 share the spotlight onstage in Chicago. needs of a friend. And, in a twist of fate, Pitchfork, the publication that so quickly quashed Morrison's solo career, gave a perfect 10 rating to The Plan's recent re-release of its popular 1999 album, Emergency & I. The resounding excitement fueled the rousing reunion tour, which was launched this winter by an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and wound its way through D.C., Philly, Boston, and New York, then moved on to Japan, and looped back to Chicago and Seattle. The Washington Post covered the group's final pre-tour warm-up show, an invitation-only affair held at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, Va. And a January performance at New York's Webster Hall prompted this post on the Ticketmaster website: "I saw them a million times when I was going to Mary Washington College and in D.C. in the '90s. . . . Now, Eric Axelson '94, drummer Joe Easley, frontman Travis Morrison, and guitarist Jason Caddell '93 - played Chicago's Metro in February. The sold-out show was part of the band's recent reunion tour. in 2011, they just sold out a major NYC venue two days in a row - and everybody knew all the words! It was really incredible." With the tour now a wrap, The Plan is slated to play the Roots Family Picnic in Philadelphia in June and the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago in July. After that, it's anybody's guess. If the group is pondering additional projects, no one's talking. "Everybody's busy, so there's not really time," said Axelson, who insists he isn't trying to be elusive. "We haven't closed that door. We're taking it day by day." In addition to Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie, The Plan spent a decade performing with big- name bands like Weezer and Brainiac; touring in Europe, Asia, and the United States; and putting out albums. They were lucky to have done it all once, said Axelson, who considers it a bonus to have experienced The Plan's renewed popularity, not to mention the success of the re-issue of Emergency & I, nostalgically done on vinyl-only - not pink - but possibly still a collector's item. The color of the records the guys created nearly 20 years ago seems to have tinted Caddell's memories of the alma mater of so many who contributed to The Dismemberment Plan's success. "I guess you think back to your college years, and they seem rosier than they really were," he said, "but I tell you what, that whole time [at Mary Washington] was really, really terrific for everybody." a UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE SPRING 201 1 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 As a junior at UMW, Jeffrey Anderson has penned his share of papers and essays. Perhaps his most challenging assignment, though, came in March, when he helped write his oldest sister s obituary. He undertook the task after the mammoth March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed 400 miles of Japan's northeastern coastline. One of the hardest-hit cities was Ishinomaki, where Anderson's sister, 24-year-old Taylor, lived and worked as an English teacher. She was the first confirmed American fatality of the deadly natural disaster. And as Jeffrey struggled to come to terms with his loss, the Mary Washington community rallied around him. President Richard V. Hurley called Jeffrey's cell phone to express his personal condolences. Fellow students held a fundraising event in Taylor's memory. Professors offered extra time to complete assignments. The outpouring of support was "huge," Jeffrey, 20, said in an interview two days before his sister's memorial service. At a magnitude of 9.0, it was the largest known earthquake ever to strike Japan. The tragedy claimed thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Yet, from his first inkling that something was wrong - a quick glance at an email newsfeed as he rushed from his Framar dorm room to take a microeconomics test - Jeffrey held to the belief that his sister would be safe. Then came relief in the form of a phone call from Japanese officials, who said that Taylor had been spotted. But the Anderson family of Chesterfield County, Va., soon learned that the report was unconfirmed. All that could be confirmed was that Taylor spent her final moments making sure her young students were safe. More than a week after the quake, even though they still hadn't heard from Taylor, the Andersons - including Jeffrey - clung to hope. They decided to travel to Japan to search for her, to help clean up debris, to stay busy doing whatever they could. "There were people still being found," said Jeffrey, an environmental science major. "We were still hopeful that she was alive." A phone call they received the morning they were to leave for the airport put an end to the optimism. Taylor's body had been discovered. Like so many college students, Jeffrey communicated with his sisters, Taylor and 22-year- old Julie, mostly through emails, text messages, and Facebook postings. The last time he actually spoke with Taylor was when they were both home for Christmas break. When she left to return to her job in Japan, the two never doubted they'd see each other again. There were no gushing sibling-related sentiments, no poignant parting scenes. Jeffrey has made his peace with that. "It's cliche," he said. "You never get the perfect goodbye." Among his treasured memories of Taylor are those from his visit with her in Japan in 2009, the summer after his first year at UMW. She showed him her apartment and the places where she taught English to both children and adults. They visited a karaoke club, a ramen market, and a park famous for its cherry blossoms. Taylor's love for Japan and its people began early, sparked by a teacher who got her attention not only by instructing her in the fundamentals of the Japanese language but also by revealing the wonders of a faraway place, the intrigue of an unknown world. Taylor graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond and Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. Jeffrey, too, is captivated by different cultures, and he plans someday to experience life overseas. Despite the tragedy that cut short his sister's life, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of living in Japan. Until then, as he and his family begin to heal, he's determined to remain immersed in his studies at Mary Washington and stay focused on defining his own future. "We're picking ourselves up and starting to try to move on," he said, m For information on contributing to the Taylor Anderson '04 Memorial Gift Fund to help rebuild schools destroyed by the tsunami in Japan, visit www.st.catherines.org/tayloranderson. UMW junior Jeffrey Anderson shared memories of his sister, Taylor, who was killed in March in the tsunami that struck Japan. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 3 1 By Anna B. Billingsley Leah Cox is practicing what she teaches: how to make a successful transition. Former assistant dean of academic services, Cox now holds the newly created position of special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. It's a big switch. This administrative faculty member, who has been at Mary Washington since 2000, also has been director of the James Farmer Scholars Program and the Student Transition Program (STP), which guides students as they navigate between high school and college. In her new job, Cox serves as a member of President Richard V. Hurley's Cabinet, and she closely advises him on programming, recruitment, and ways that the University can be more inclusive. In touch with colleagues on other campuses, Cox collects materials about diversity issues and serves as a resource for offices throughout UMW. She is gradually and rather reluctantly relinquishing her duties with STP and the James Farmer Scholars Program, which is targeted toward middle and high school students, many of whom may not have considered college as a part of their futures. Physically, she will move from Lee Hall to George Washington Hall. A native of Baltimore, Cox earned an undergraduate degree in art and deaf education from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. Her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling is from the University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. in college administration is from the University of Maryland. She has worked with rehabilitation patients in a hospital, with deaf students at Gallaudet University, and as an administrator in Maryland's state system of higher education. A former single mom to 13-year-old Omar, Cox is also transitioning into a new role as spouse. She and Timothy O'Donnell, associate professor of communication at UMW, married on Jan. 1. She says of her new husband, whom she met when he came to teach the Farmer Scholars how to debate, "he's the kindest, smartest person I ever met." That it's a small college. You get to know people on more than a "hi, bye" basis. You run into people from UMW at Target and all sorts of other places. Also, because it's such a small school, you have the freedom to be creative and learn a lot of different things. I'd make it more diverse. Yes, that is the new job talking. But I do wear down when students come to me and say, "I don't see anybody who looks like me." Plus, I like tradition, but sometimes I feel like we're a little stuck. We need to move into the 21st century. Intelligent, caring, giving. . .someone who has curiosity to learn and try new things, someone who has enthusiasm for helping students grow and change and figure out which way to go. Things that are new and different or when people say, "I don't know if this can be done." Of course, students motivate me. I love it when a student comes in and says, "I listened to what you suggested I do." Things that are going on around me, particularly projects like UMW's current tribute to the Freedom Rides. My parents were and still are a great inspiration. They were not college-educated, but my dad is knowledgeable about so many things. Being blind, he soaks up all sorts of information and uses it in his life. Both my mom and my dad exposed me to so many things. My family. Also, pursuing my interests; I am taking Spanish, and I want to start painting again. I'm always fearful I've forgotten one last thing, one last email or that I've double- booked a meeting. I have too many irons in the fire! For a whole summer, my job was on an island making T-shirts. I worked as a tailor on Nantucket, m 32 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 BOOK REPORT All of the following books are available in the UMW Bookstore. Books by Faculty JintfiropoCogyatuC 'EgaCitarianism W '-t> Anthropology and Egalitarianism: Ethnographic Encounters from Monticello to Guinea-Bissau By Eric Gable, UMW professor of sociology and anthropology Eric Gable introduces readers to the concept of culture in his book Anthropology and Egalitarianism. The book explores the role of ethnography, the scientific description of individual cultures, in shedding light on the human condition. Gable credits as the text's impetus a lecture he gave at the University of Virginia 20 years ago. In the lecture, he attempted to show that people's prejudices affect what they allow themselves to learn about those who live in other places. By using findings from his field work - from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to West Africa and Indonesia - in conjunction with discussions of major works, Gable broaches key themes of cultural anthropology, including its relationship to racism and colonialism. Critics have used such terms as "deeply personal," "provocative," "eloquent," and "disarmingly colloquial" to describe Anthropology and Egalitarianism. The book "is precisely the kind of work that should be taught at the undergraduate level," wrote Liam D. Murphy, co-author of A History of Anthropological Theory. - Published by Indiana University Press, November 2010 Evil in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature Edited by Scott M. Powers, UMW associate professor of French One might call this collection of essays edited by Scott Powers "a necessary evil," at least in exploring the ways in which the concept of evil is central to contemporary French-language literature. The book creates an international perspective by bringing together a vast variety of views from a wide range of scholars, each of whom focuses on one of several key French-speaking novelists from the United States, France, Belgium, and beyond. Fundamental ideas explored in the book include the origins of evil, the limits of expressing the extreme, and the adequacy of words to depict the horror of disturbing events and human tragedies, from genocide and gender oppression to the terrorist events of Sept. 1 1 and the Holocaust. Edward K. Kaplan of Brandeis University calls the text a "book of wisdom, courage, and lucid interpretation." - Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, January 2011 u/Juct What Comes After By Steve Watkins, UMW professor of English, linguistics, and communication With a stroke of his pen, Steve Watkins turns a tragic event into inspiration. An article about a young girl placed in foster care after suffering an act of violence was the stimulus for Watkins' most recent book, What Comes After, a novel for young adults, ages 14 and older. "I recognized her - and others like her - through my work as an investigator and advocate in the juvenile justice system," Watkins commented on the Candlewick Press website. "I knew her story deserved to be told." He shares the girl's tale through the book's main character, 16-year-old Iris, who has been abandoned by both her mother, who is abusive, and her father, who dies. She's forced to live on a farm with family members who mistreat not only the animals but also Iris. When the violence escalates, Iris is placed with a foster family, but she still feels compelled to care for the farm animals. Kirkus Reviews said of the book: "Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit." What Comes After and Down Sand Mountain, also written by Watkins, are slated to be recorded as audio books, and the latter is set to be released in paperback this spring. - Published by Candlewick Press, April 2011 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 3 3 p^f. \*4^r BOOK REPORT Books by Alumni 1 '~ a JL B j» |V| "Vj'T "j 11 41 X Q ~ 1 ~. 15 £ i t. y^—i -«- *-«-.- — ■ — The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love By Rachel Machacek '95 THE SCIENCE Rachel Machacek sets out to discover the formula for making a love connection in her book, The Science of Single. Propelled into a methodical search for Mr. Right after a miserable date with yet another Mr. Wrong, Machacek embarks upon a yearlong study to learn what would happen if she put all the trappings of modern-day matchmaking to the test. After a foray into online dating leads to a series of ill-suited suitors, Machacek tests dating books and dating coaches. She tries speed dating, blind dating, and professional dating services. And she dissects the singles scene in a string of locales, from Southern California to New York City. Machacek's first-person account is heartfelt yet hilarious and laced with antics familiar to anyone who's suffered through a failed first date or a disappointing breakup. Machacek, a communications manager and freelance writer, lives in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post's Ellen McCarthy wrote that the book stands to make Machacek "into the Bridget Jones of Washington." - Published by Riverhead Books, January 2011 Get the Picture? Give It Your Best Shot! In the last issue, we asked for help identifying the women involved in this 1962 Mary Washington "pillow fight," and we got it! Two readers recognized the students in the middle, who are the main focus of the photo. Both identified the pillow-wielding woman in the back as Lois Hartman '62 and the woman in the front who's about to get whacked as Donna Stevens Boyd '62. Not only that, but one of the readers who wrote in said that the picture must have been taken in Ball Hall, because she remembers seniors being housed there that year. The five amused onlookers have not been identified, but we'd still love to hear from anyone who knows who they are. A stamp on the back of this picture says it was taken on Sept. 26, 1942. But who is the lovely young lady playing the harp in the foyer of Dodd Auditorium? Can you help us identify her? This image is among the hundreds of historic photos in the UMW Centennial Digital Image Archive, an interactive and searchable database that is available to the public at http://archive.umw.edu. Some of the images in the archive are identified only partially or not at all. If you can shed more light on this photo, please contact us. Our archives will become more complete with shared information from UMW friends and family. Send email to email@example.com (please put GET THE PICTURE in the subject line) or write to the University of Mary Washington Magazine - Get the Picture, UMW, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING UMW FOR TH 1 tf How Do You Spell D-l-V-E-R-S-E? That is the word to describe the productions offered by UMW's Department of Theatre and Dance. This season's offerings included the quirky and wildly popular musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Tennessee Williams' sultry Summer & Smoke; and Seascape, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning wry and whimsical play. Mark your calendars now for an equally diverse and dynamic 2011-12 lineup. Sept. 29-0ct.9, 2011 • THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing its 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. Seven years later, Madeline and Bill Livingston travel to Scotland to recover the remains of their 20-year- old son. This is a poetic drama in which compassion and hope emanate from unspeakable horror. Nov. 3-20, 2011 • RENT Christmas bells are ringing, but all is not well for Mark, a troubled filmmaker, and his roommate, Roger, a struggling musician. This groundbreaking musical, winner of both a Pulitzer and a Tony, is reminiscent of Puccini's La Boheme. Mark, Roger, and company struggle to make ends meet, grapple with changing relationships, and celebrate the triumphs of life as the unremitting reach of AIDS casts its inescapable shadow on their lives. Feb. 9-19, 2012 • MOON OVER BUFFALO Theatrical hijinks ensue in this uproarious farce featuring fading stars George and Charlotte Hay, who are caught in repertory theater purgatory in Buffalo. When news spreads that renowned movie mogul Frank Capra is coming to a performance in hopes of signing actors, mistaken identities, jangled nerves, and epic misunderstandings escalate into a riotous performance where anything that can go wrong does. April 12-22, 2012 • HEDDAGABLER Returning from their honeymoon, George and Hedda Tesman begin to settle into their new life together. With the return of George's academic nemesis, the couple's relationship unravels amidst whispered secrets, professional disappointments, passion, and rivalries. This adaptation breathes new life into Ibsen's classic tale. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 3 5 NOTABLE & QUOTABLE UMW Presents Challenge at National Summit What began several years ago as a class project for an introductory macroeconomics course at the University of Mary Washington has gained national recognition via the first U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. Because of innovative approaches to engaging citizens in the worldwide fight against poverty, the Two Dollar Challenge, with its nonprofit partner Opportunity International, was among 10 groups invited to the conference last fall. Representing Two Dollar Challenge from UMW were Shawn Humphrey, the program's founder and associate professor of economics; executive director Erin Kelly '09; national president Meredith Greenwell "II; and campus president Laura Dick '13. Meredith Greenwell "II, left; Shawn Humphrey, associate professor of economics; and Laura Dick '13 represented UMW's Two Dollar Challenge at the first U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C, last fall. Faithful Citizen Helps Make Hampton Anniversary Shine ■■ A member of the UMW Foundation Board received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Hampton, Va. At a January gala, Gwen Amory dimming '52 was honored for her dedicated volunteer work as co-chair of the Gwen Amor V dimming '52 steering committee that made the city's 400th anniversary celebration a soaring success. The celebration commemorated the 1610 settlement of English colonists at the site of the Kecoughtan Indian Village, an area that later became known as Hampton. An array of events honored English settlers and American Indians, as well as the African Americans who came to the site in 1619, marking the first known arrival of blacks in the United States. Cumming's affection for her hometown radiates. A founder of the Hampton History Museum, she was appointed by the city council to co-chair the anniversary celebration. But her drive to get involved developed long ago. She was student government president at Mary Washington and later served 17 years on the school's Board of Visitors before assuming a spot on its Foundation Board. "I love Mary Washington," Cumming said. "I love my church. And I'm crazy about the city of Hampton." Conservationist Recognized for Efforts to Save the Bay The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has named Katherine "Kay" Slaughter '61 its 2010 Virginia Conservationist of the Year. A retired lawyer, Slaughter also is a published nonfiction writer, adjunct university faculty member, and former Charlottesville mayor. Through all her roles, Slaughter - who spent nearly 25 years with the Southern Environmental Law Center - has maintained a keen interest in protecting the natural wonders that surround her, not the least of which is the nation's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Slaughter, who lives on the Rivanna River in Charlottesville, has worked to protect nontidal wetlands, restrict billboards that inhibit scenic views, and fight the confined feeding of animals. She also was a founding member and former president of the Virginia Conservation Network and was named an outstanding Virginia Environmental Leader in a 2004 presentation by the Virginia Military Institute. Katherine "Kay' Slaughter '61 36 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Alumna Devotes Decade to Climbing the Political Ladder Julia Ciarlo Hammond '01 had put her political career on the fast track to success well before she left Mary Washington. During her junior and senior years, the political science major managed to juggle her college studies with her duties in Richmond as Julia Ciarlo Hammond '01 legislative assistant to Republican Dave Albo of the Virginia House of Delegates. After graduation, Hammond worked for Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Sen. John Chichester. She was tapped in January to serve as director of legislative affairs in the policy office of Gov. Bob McDonnell. Prior to her recent appointment, Hammond spent three years as Virginia state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, where she worked to protect small businesses by speaking out against laws mandating smoke-free restaurants and punishing employers for hiring undocumented immigrants, among other issues. Hammond also has served as director of government relations for the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. A native of Cranston, R.I., she lives in Richmond with her husband, Todd. Proponent of Premature Infants' Families Honored Mary Beth Leightley Hazelgrove '95, executive director of Preemies Today, was awarded the 2011 Public Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter. The mother of a child who was born prematurely, Hazelgrove said the award raises awareness of the difficulties that parents face when having a premature infant and the emotional support that is needed in the hospital and after their baby is discharged. Mary Beth Leightley Hazelgrove '95, left, with Heather Carruthers Hall '94, secretary of the Preemies Today board of directors. Love of Horses Lands Alumna in Hall of Fame A horseback rider since the age of 14, Carol Joan Bailey Miller '50 of Cumberland County, Va., has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Virginia Horse Shows Association (VHSA). From her college roles as president of the Hoof Prints riding club and captain of the Mary Washington Cavalry Caro1 Joan Baile V Miller ' 50 troop to her recent work writing the history of the VHSA, Miller has dedicated much of her life to equine efforts. After earning a degree in biology and working for the Department of Defense, she became a histology technician for research laboratories, working at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg for 15 years before retiring. She is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the American and Virginia horse councils, and a licensed hunter steward and judge. Miller adds the Hall of Fame honor to a full stable of awards, including the Virginia Horse Council's Distinguished Service Award and the Susan Hagan Award for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and fairness. Professors Receives Recognition ► Margaret A. Mi, professor in the College of Business Department of Management and Marketing, received the O'Hara Leadership Award from the educational foundation of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW), the country's largest regional direct marketing association. Mi created UMW's first advertising-related course, which revolved around e-commerce, and she developed a prototype suitable for adoption by other colleges. ► Mindy Erchull, assistant professor of psychology, was recognized with the 2011 Psi Chi Southeastern Regional Faculty Advisor Award for her performance as the University's Psi Chi chapter advisor, a role she took on in 2006. At last year's American Psychological Association Convention, Erchull also was honored with the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award for her innovative ways of addressing diversity in teaching the psychology of women. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE SPRING 201 1 3 7 UMNI BOARD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO: All Alumni FROM: Derek M. Bottcher '96 In the spring, the University seems to buzz with activity and events, along with large groups of prospective students touring the campus. Those students are part of a broad audience to which the University is aiming to articulate its distinctiveness. Several hundred of you responded to a recent online survey designed to aid in this goal. This is part of a larger effort to enhance our visibility and recognition within the mid- Atlantic region and the nation, and I thank all who took the time to participate. Now alumni are being asked to complete a separate survey that will provide Mary Washington with increased and improved information about our graduates, their achievements, and their feelings about Mary Washington. I hope you will watch for it and complete it at your earliest convenience. If you're celebrating a class reunion this year, you have a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Mary Washington and get a firsthand look at many exciting changes on campus. Reunion Weekend events will entice you back into the classroom with Alumni College lectures featuring UMW faculty members, provide opportunities to see the amazing new student residences at Eagle Landing (and the stunning new pedestrian bridge across U.S. Route 1), allow you to reacquaint yourself with campus facilities through student-led tours, and give you a chance to catch up with classmates you haven't seen in years. Mark your calendars for June 3-5, and make the commitment to spend that weekend in Fredericksburg. I'll be there, celebrating my 15th reunion with the Class of 1996, and I hope to see you there, too. This spring, President Richard V. Hurley is spending considerable time on the road meeting alumni in various regions and sharing his vision for the University. Events are being held all around the United States. If one takes place near where you live, I hope you will attend and become familiar with our alma mater's priorities and challenges. President Hurley's energetic and vibrant leadership, along with his genuine passion for Mary Washington, ensures exhilarating days and a bright future ahead. I invite and encourage you all to be part of the excitement. Above, top: Lloyd Tilton Backstrom and Mary Turner Willett are looking forward to celebrating the Class of 1961 s 50th reunion in June. Above, middle: President Hurley displays the new license plate holder that helps promote UMW. Above, bottom: Colin Mackey a member ofUMW's incoming class of 2015, attended the Richmond reception with his grandmother, Pat Ellis Archer '58, and his mother, Heather Archer Mackey '82. Photos by Cynthia Newmark MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • Above: Recent grad Justin Mattos '10 met fellow alumni at the reception at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. Left: Joe Payne '02 and Emily Mosley Payne '04 enjoyed the event. v^lcLSS INOtCS If you prefer to communicate by post, we welcome your news in care of Class Notes at: Office of Alumni Relations, University of Mary Washington, 1 1 19 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Be sure and include your class year. ft Ruby Lee Norris firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Ruth Duff Dyckman turned 90 in January and planned to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and members of her church and garden club. Born in 1921, Ruth attended Mary Washington for two years and majored in commercial education. She remembers Mrs. Bushnell, who always told the young ladies to sit up straight in the cafeteria. <y\eiauc~fd u\j 'zexaui Lois Loehr Brown firstname.lastname@example.org I have suddenly been discovered by various Fairfax County, Va., historians! I was happy to contribute information, quotes, and pictures (one from more than 50 years ago!) to a county government publication about the Asian-American population. One of the historians made a video of me discussing Fairfax public schools from the 1950s and now Lm on YouTube! The Fairfax County Retired Educators wrote about my early experiences as a teacher for their publication. I am also working on an oral history report about a portion of Middlesex County, Va., for a Tidewater publication. Its all quite exciting. Kathryn "Suzy" Newcome Skeirik and her husband moved to Lakewood Manor, a continuing care community in Richmond, six years ago and enjoy the lifestyle there. Several Mary Washington alumnae, including Rita Stone '52, live there. Kathryn and former Mary Washington roommate Jane Rocap Lewis get together when Jane visits her daughter in Charlottesville. On a beautiful notecard that featured her artwork, Jane wrote that, after her husband passed away, she moved to Tuscany a retirement home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to be near son Rick and his family. She enjoys her post as resident council president. Last year, Jane and daughter Marty visited Mary Washington and Jane reported that she hardly recognized the campus! Kathy Ellis wrote on behalf of her mother, Mary Miller Crigler Boldridge. Mary and husband Frank live at Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community but often visit the farm (now run by Kathy and her husband) where Mary was born and raised. She became a great-grandmother with the birth of Grayson Robert Ellis last year. Grandson Chad Ellis received his doctorate in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and is doing research at Cornell. A friend took Lenore Magill Grimwood of Sun City, Ariz., on ■ Lenore Magill Grimwood 41 of Sun City, Ariz., celebrated her 90th birthday on a hot-air balloon ride in Sedona. Thanks to Lundy Baker Updike '76, whose son, Jim, is a sophomore computer science major at Mary Washington, for help with computer communications and to Anne Radway '63, a wonderful outdoor gardener who has helped me a lot with my little indoor garden. The sad news of the death of Arabelle Laws Arrington arrived as I was getting ready to make arrangements to visit her nursing home in Warrenton, Va. She was a wonderful friend and suitemate. I shall miss her. a hot-air balloon ride in Sedona to celebrate her 90th birthday in July. Lenore attended a Rhodes Scholar program in Quarryville, Pa., about the Amish and Mennonites. She is a hospice volunteer and a spiritual caregiver at Banner Health hospitals. Myra McCormick Cole lives in her home and receives a little help with cleaning and laundry. One daughter is in charge of the local state veterans home. The other one has moved in with her to open and operate her own high-tech business, which might have inspired Myra. She wrote in her email, "At the ripe old age of 90 (yes, the gals put my photo in the paper and we had a big celebration dinner), I bought a new computer and live on it! I really didn't want anyone to think that crafts and puzzles were my life." When she's not surfing the Internet, Myra crochets scarves, baby blankets, and other requested items. In her spare time, she enjoys word puzzles and keeping up with her grandson and two granddaughters. 10,1? Virginia Bennett Skillman email@example.com Lee Hall Archer firstname.lastname@example.org Phyllis Quimby Anderson email@example.com I want to thank all the classmates who took time to send news for this issue. I am still involved in church and Westminster Cares, and I'm doing as well as most of us octogenarians can hope to be doing. Hank's USS New York battleship annual reunion was held in Annapolis, Md., this year, and we had a tour of the Naval Academy and a two-hour sail on a small schooner. We also went to see the beautiful World War II Memorial in Washington, where a wreath was laid in memory of those who passed away. Last summer, our girls planned a family reunion that was both relaxing and hectic. We are on the list for a soon-to-be-constructed retirement home in our small town and think that most of our elderly friends also have signed up, so we shouldn't be lonely. There will be lots of bridge playing. Speaking of bridge, our daughter and her boyfriend play here every Tuesday night, with each of us taking turns doing dinner. Also, I am finally going to be a great- grandmother; a girl was due in March! Isabel Hildrup Klein said that everything is about the same with her. Marie Kennedy lives at At the ripe old age of 90, Myra McCormick Cole '41 bought a new computer and lives on it! the Belle Meade continuing care community in Southern Pines, N.C., and writes a monthly column for the in-house newspaper. Former Mary Washington suitemate Virginia McCartney Newcombe is selling the house where she lived most of her life and moving to a retirement community in Westchester County, N.Y., near one of her daughters. Anna Roberts Ware enjoys having lunch with her son-in-law, who harvests corn and soybeans nearby and on her farms. She is lucky to have irrigation because the growing season was terribly dry in that area. After a very hot summer, she had three carpenters restore her 1724 meat house. The logs inside are hand hewed, a new outside covering was constructed in 1900, and Anna had a new floor put in, so she has a new place to store things out of the weather. She had Libby Phillips Roe and Bill, a Navy pilot in the Pacific, over for lunch. Libby and Bill are fine for their age and busy at Cokesbury Village in northern Delaware. Elizabeth Cumby Murray misses her waterfront home on Monomoy Island, Mass., especially her garage, because her car now sits out in all kinds of weather! She was looking forward to Thanksgiving with most of her family and to the fun of watching her great- granddaughter, who was to turn 2 in December, at Christmas in Brookline, Mass., where she lives with parents Andrew and Kirstin. They were to have returned from Paris, where they took some of Elizabeth's son-in-law's ashes to the family plot in his hometown of Niort. Elizabeth is happy at Sherburne Commons and still plays bridge with friends. Mary Ellen Starkey is lucky to have some of her children nearby. Her son, Donny continues to do well with his restaurant in La Plata, Md., where Mary Ellen still lives. She has four grandsons and a few greats! UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 3 9 CLASS NOTES Frances Watts Barker firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia Mathewson Spring email@example.com Betty Moore Drewry Bamman firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Anna Dulany Lyons June Davis McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org As the long, hot summer slowly evolved into autumn, several classmates reported a rather languid lifestyle, with less traveling for many of our Fabulous Forty-Niners. While Mary Elwang Sharpley of Charlottesville takes part in most of the activities afforded by her residence at the Colonnade, a health issue negates further traveling. Mary reported the arrival of Barbara Westerman Newlon and husband Howard, who sold their Charlottesville home and relocated to the Colonnade at the end of August. Howard now needs a walker and the blizzards of last winter reinforced their decision to make the move. Mary said she is happy to have a classmate at hand, especially since her dear friend Elizabeth "Betty" Fischer Gore moved to Northern Virginia. When the Newlons were introduced during a welcoming meeting of the residents, Howard was further identified as "a humorous speaker." How well those who attended our 55th Reunion Weekend recall his hilarious recap of their effusive efforts to find Barb's former roommate when passing through her hometown, all to no avail. In early September, Mary related the sad news of the death of Barbara's sister, Rosemary Westerman Butterworth '48, whom Barbara followed to Mary Washington. We have no further details but offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Leaving their longtime home and friends in West Chester, Pa., five years ago was a difficult decision for Jeanne Farrington Leslie and husband Mike. Relocation to a wonderful retirement community in Roswell, Ga., near Atlanta and family, proved to be a blessing to them all, and Jeanne said it's like living in a resort. Visits to their extended family of four daughters, 15 grandchildren, and five great-grands have been curtailed, but they have many family members nearby and are happy and content in Georgia. Frances Houston Layton called it the hottest summer she could remember in the mountains of Greenbrier County, WVa., where she also spent most of her summers when growing up in Charleston. Her travels are limited to driving to Kentucky as often as possible to visit daughter Sarah, son Matthew, their spouses, and Sarah's two daughters and three granddaughters, who make Frances a great-grandmother. At home in Lewisburg, she continues to play her cello as often as she can get a trio or quartet together for a session of chamber music. Still heading the spay-neuter program for the local humane society she added to her own menage by adopting an abandoned 3-year-old Boston terrier she named "Peggy" after her first dog of the same breed. Fran said Peggy is sweet, cute, funny, and loving. Her two aging resident Labs readily accepted the young newcomer and, Fran believes, think she is their puppy Fran added, "Because of my dogs, I always have someone to talk to, and sometimes they even answer back!" Earlier in the spring, Lucy Vance Gilmer attended a Sullins College alumnae weekend in Bristol, Va. As you may recall, Lucy is an alumna of both Sullins and Mary Washington, having transferred in 1947 after her sophomore year. Throughout the years, Lucy has contributed greatly to Sullins by compiling alumnae lists, writing and mailing newsletters, and helping organize reunions long after Sullins closed in 1978 and King College later took over its records. When a 2009 reunion produced only four attendees, Lucy again answered the call of younger members to help contact alumnae for the 2010 reunion. An avid archivist, Lucy was no doubt responsible for more than 30 attendees and a special reunion that she deemed "a happy occasion." At the reunion luncheon, Lucy addressed the group, relating the history of Sullins College. She then "passed the doorknob" to a younger alumna from Blacksburg, Va. Lucy enclosed a copy of a Bristol Herald Courier article that included a picture of three special attendees, including Lucy. She was identified as representing the earliest class present. Lucy added that at least they didn't report that she was the oldest one present. (She was!) The next reunion is planned for September, and we're sure our Lucy will be in the midst of that occasion, too. Gwen Brubaker Connell of Florida felt rather unwell during the entire summer but said that changed in September when she underwent an angioplasty and a stent was inserted into an artery in her heart. Gwen said the difference the procedure made was amazing, and she's thankful to live in a time when such things are possible. After recovering, she and husband lack visited friends in North Carolina, hoping to see some glorious fall color. They had a nice trip but missed the usual autumnal display. After a hot, dry summer, the lack of coloration was widespread. The Connells were eagerly anticipating the mid-November wedding of a couple (widow and widower) they introduced two years ago. The couple asked the Connells to stand up with them, which was a thoughtful honor. They enjoy their life, friends, church, and each other, and Gwen thinks that's pretty good for a couple who celebrated their 64th anniversary in October. Corinne "Conni" Conley Stuart '49 was called to audition for a Movie of the Week. She enjoys new roles and thinks that having to learn lines for auditions keeps her sharp. Katherine "Kate" Mayo Schmidt of Palestine, Texas, took a three-week trip in May to Virginia and Alabama, but she wrote of having an idle summer. Her daughter-in-law and an artist friend spent a week creating their line of jewelry at the nearby Schmidt farm. Kate enjoyed their visit and was anticipating sister Martha's arrival from Alabama, but the week before she came, Kate fell and suffered a hairline fracture of her right ankle. As you know, Kate spent the past year healing from injuries suffered in the Schmidts' tragic auto accident. With her ankle impaired, she had to wear a cumbersome boot but still was able to get around. During her two-week stay, Martha served as chauffeur wherever they went and Kate was again grateful for her presence. The boot wasn't due to come off until after Thanksgiving, when Kate was expecting a visit from her niece, a college student in Dallas. Kate also was looking forward to spending Christmas with son Bill Jr. and his wife, Terri, at their home in Albuquerque, N.M. Kate stays busy with business things and keeping both the home and farm going. Marion "Wendy" Selfe Kelly and husband George of Lynchburg, Va., haven't traveled much recently, except for jaunts to visit their offspring in Richmond and Fairfax and Winston-Salem, N.C. The Kellys expected to have their family together for Thanksgiving at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Va., and to take in a production at Blackfriars Playhouse. Wendy enjoys getting together at least once a month with Anna "Andi" Dulany Lyons for lunch and a "gab session." As reported previously, two of Andi's granddaughters followed in her footsteps by attending Mary Washington. Because we think you'll find the post-graduate endeavors of these two alumni interesting and inspiring, we have provided an update on them and a closer look at the social awareness of their generation. Andrea Devening '04 earned her bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in anthropology. During her senior year, she studied in Samoa as part of the SIT Study Abroad program. Since graduating, she has spent five years working in refugee resettlement in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. During the past two years, she worked in job placement for the refugees and in after-school programs for their children. In November, she was applying to graduate schools to study urban planning and historic preservation. Chelsea Devening '10 cut quite a swath during her four years at our alma mater, while majoring in international affairs with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies and the Arabic language. After graduation, she traveled to Damascus, Syria, for three months to further her knowledge of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern cultures. While attending Damascus University, she lived with a Syrian woman who housed several other foreign students. Chelsea traveled throughout Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, experiencing A UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 the diverse cultures, societies, and customs of the region. Her father and mother, Clay and Martha Devening, arrived for the last week of her stay in Syria, during which they traveled together to several cities in the area. The experience was culturally educational in that Chelsea was able to refute the stereotype many associate with Syrians and Middle Easterners and to recognize them as some of the most welcoming, warm, and loving people she has encountered. Upon returning home, Chelsea's immediate priorities were finding a job and attending graduate school, but she's eager to return restraint do we resist the temptation to make an obvious observation here!) As an added excitement, they recently saw a quartet of raccoons cross their roof to a handy dogwood that gave access to their deck. Norah concluded that, even when staying at home, life is not dull! Corinne "Conni" Conley Stuart and Bonar also were in a dilemma when Betsy Thorne Bultman and Phelps again wanted to host the group in New Hampshire. Conni said she absolutely can't make that long drive again and Bonar finds air travel too difficult these days. In addition to all •.-■ to Syria. If Andi's granddaughters Two granddaughters of Anna generationMary " ' "Andi" Dulany Lyons '49 followed Washington alumni in her footsteps by attending are so concerned \ %* iir i • . with the problems of today's world and dedicated to trying to make tomorrow's world better, we believe our planet will be in good hands. While the aforementioned generation travels to many faraway places, our classmates tend to think their own wanderlust has waned. Norah Pitts Byrnes of Atlanta recapped their many annual flights to London, where Bill enjoyed the latest plays, and their return trips aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, where Norah indulged her love of gambling and bridge. After the QE2 left that route, they took their return trips on the Queen Mary II but didn't care as much for that luxury liner. Recently, they have stayed closer to home. Norah plays in several bridge groups and, during the summer, tries to get the exercise she requires because of a recent heart issue. After many years of attending and, in turn, hosting their annual suite reunions, the Byrneses have not been able to join the group of BFF suitemates (Norah, Conni Conley Stuart, Primm Turner ffrench, and Betsy Thorne Bultman), who planned their itineraries and traveled many miles with their respective husbands for the fun-filled weekends. Now, time and distance have taken their toll. As much as they loved the reunions, Norah and Bill no longer enjoy flying, and the long drives to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Toronto have become prohibitive. They have season tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and to three other theater groups, which keeps them busy, involved, and close to home. They also have spent time dealing with the many bats they hadn't known had taken up residence in their attic. (Only in using great the pre-flight screening, when flying to the States, the Stuarts also must go through customs, remove their shoes, and stand around while agents peer through their luggage. Conni said, "The thrill is gone!" After selling their lovely lakeside cottage, the Stuarts felt quite forlorn and wondered what summer in the city would be like. They quickly learned that summer in Toronto is really hot, in terms of both weather and activities. There's the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Luminato, featuring events from around the world. There's The Opera House, the ballet, and various museums and art galleries. For lovely weekends in the country, there's the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Shaw Festival in picturesque Niagara- on-the-Lake, and numerous local wineries that offer tastings. Conni summed it up like this: "If we can no longer paddle our canoe, Toronto is a good place to be!" During an August week spent entertaining a friend from Florida, Conni was called to audition for a Movie of the Week. She enjoys new roles and thinks that having to learn lines for auditions keeps her sharp. Son Tony and his wife arrived from Los Angeles to celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary and were there during the film festival. Elsa, the Stuarts' granddaughter in St. Louis, now is a freshman honors student at Mizzou, the University of Missouri in Columbia. She sent them a copy of her advanced class schedule that includes botany, ecology, meteorology, and anthropology. Remembering her own freshman classes, Conni queried, "Whatever happened to English, social studies, history, and biology?" Thanks to our responding classmates for all of the above. As ever, love to all of you from both of us- Dorothy Held Gawley dni gawly@j uno. com Greetings to all. I will continue to be your Class Agent, God willing, at least until our next reunion, when maybe someone else will take over. I do enjoy the position, especially when I receive news of your activities and family events. As you can see, my home address is no longer at the top of the column (for privacy reasons), so I can be reached only by email. If you don't happen to have my address from another time, you can mail your news to the UMW Office of Alumni Relations. I want to thank everyone who donated and pledged to the annual gift and pledge program at our reunion time. Our class raised $83,551.02 and came in second in percentage of donors at 45.27 percent. You may remember that, at our 2000 reunion, our class endowed an Arrington Scholarship and each year one of the recipients who qualifies is named Class of 1950 Arrington Scholar. The legacy of our class's generosity is that the endowed scholarship will forever provide funds for a qualified student who is a child of a Mary Washington faculty or staff member. Marcy Weatherly Morris and I are so proud of our class. In May, just before our reunion, The Free Lance-Star ran a segment on how the all-female Mary Washington College welcomed World War II veterans. We all know about that! A side article entitled Veteran and Freshman featured the meeting and courtship at Mary Washington of Marcy and Juney. Thanks to Carmen Zeppenfeldt Catoni, we found a lost member through Facebook. Anne Garlette Maling of San Marcos, Texas, has done a lot of moving around, with many address changes. Messages were received from some who could not attend the reunion. Ginny Hardy Vance of College Park, Md., caregiver to husband Paul, said they live quietly and peacefully and don't worry about what they can't do. Kay Venezio Boffa sends greetings to all from Shelburne, Vt., with regrets that she couldn't join the group. Mary Cottingham Hardy was sad that this was the first reunion she missed. Unfortunately, the fall she had 12 years ago was causing increased pain in her back and left leg, making it difficult for her to walk without a cane. She still lives alone, manages her stairs, and drives. Her son and daughter live fairly close by in California and are a tremendous help. Mary has four grandchildren and four great-grands. Gracia Plyley Kather, who lives with Rudy in Framingham, Mass., also has a mobility problem. She has the neurological disease CMT, but she manages to get around the best she can. We had a nice phone chat and she sounded upbeat. Barbara Lloyd Hiller was sorry to miss our get-together. Since husband Jim can't travel well anymore, she hopes to talk her daughter into driving her down to see the campus. First, they are concentrating on settling her granddaughter, who is interested in teaching special needs children, into college. The family was to have its annual Thanksgiving gathering in Ocean City, Md., and Barb was looking forward to spending time with her 9-month-old great- granddaughter. Mary Chilton Newell '54 informed me that sister-in-law Betty Harpine Chilton died in early August. She said Betty's life was characterized by a love of books that was nurtured at our alma mater. After graduation, Betty's devotion to Mary Washington and a lifelong quest for learning led her to enroll in college courses in Northern Virginia and earn her master's degree in liberal studies at Mary Washington. She taught French, Spanish, and college-bound English at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va., from 1950 to 1958. When her sons were older, she became a reference librarian for Fairfax County schools. Upon retirement from teaching, she became a sales associate at Borders bookstore, leaving in 2006 to care for her husband, who predeceased her. I had two recent "it's a small world" experiences. While on Cape Cod, I attended a lecture at the historical society of Harwich, Mass. Refreshments were served afterward, and I overheard someone mention she had taken the train to Mary Washington in June. Naturally, I had to speak with her; it was Bonnie Davis Hall '60, who had gone down for her 50th reunion. We found out we had a lot in common; she is from New Jersey and we knew some of the UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 A CLASS NOTES same people on the Cape. Then, during a Road Scholar (Elderhostel) program in the Pennsylvania Amish country in October, I found out that one or the other attendees, Lenore Magill Grimwood '41 of Arizona, was a Mary Washington graduate. We both were there during the Mrs. Bushnell era and knew the same professors, so we had a lot to talk about. Lenore said she had attended her 50th reunion but hadn't returned to the campus since then. I know most of you enjoy reading about what has happened to and what is going on in the lives of your Mary Washington friends, but we also want to hear about you, so please email me or get in touch with the Office of Alumni Relations. (y\et(/u <V lAjlexe/ul enjoy taking cruises and planned to travel in February from San Francisco through the Panama Canal and back to Miami. Mel wrote that Jo Bidgood Dunbar called her with news that Shirley Van Epps Waple passed away in Richmond in September. Virginia Orkney Philbrick '52 has continued her involvement in Democratic politics, animal welfare, and church and community activities. Roselyn Bell Morris email@example.com Corley Gibson Friesen firstname.lastname@example.org There has not been much news from the Class of 1952 lately. I apologize for neglecting my Class Agent duties. My husband and I left our mountain home of 20 years and moved to a senior community near Denver and our children and grandchildren. I hope to volunteer in the third-grade class of my daughter, who is a teacher, and to help my granddaughter, a teacher who works in a second-grade classroom in Aurora, Colo. We no longer have toddlers to babysit; our oldest grandson is engaged to be married. My sister, Marjorie Gibson Blaxill, was to visit us for Thanksgiving and we planned to enjoy being together in Aurora. She had a stroke last summer, which has slowed her down, but we celebrated our 80th birthday together at her home in Princeton, N.J. Her son, Mark Blaxill, published a book about autism. Melita Whitcomb Vonier and husband Bill have lived in Naples, Fla., for 12 years and enjoy visits from friends who vacation nearby. They have three children, who live around the country, and eight grandchildren. Mel and Bill Virginia Orkney Philbrick sent me newspaper clippings describing UMW's ambitious plans for the future. She and husband Phil retired from their work in the San Francisco area to live in Virginia. Since Phil's death five years ago, Ginny has continued her involvement in Democratic politics, animal welfare, and church and community activities. She keeps up with her nine children and 13 grandchildren, who are scattered throughout the country. Two of Susan Hutcheson Jergens' grandsons are in graduate school. One is pursuing his master's degree in accounting at George Mason University; the other was ready to start work on his doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois. Thank you for sending your news. Rebecca "Becky" Spitzer Harvill email@example.com Bub and I enjoyed a great trip to Newfoundland in Canada last summer. What a desolate, beautiful place! We continue to follow Hokie sports, with five children and/or grandchildren following in Bub's footsteps at Virginia Tech. A Hokie granddaughter was married last May and planned to graduate from dental school at VCU this year. After many years of serving on the Virginia Opera's statewide board of directors, Joan Schlesinger Miller was serving the second year of her term as board president. The opera is unique in that it performs four full productions at three venues, in Norfolk and Richmond and at George Mason University, and works with a budget of $5 million. This means that Joan spends the bulk of her volunteer time with the organization. When her term as president ends, she hopes to continue working with the hospital auxiliary. Vanessa Vance Moncure '78 wrote to remind us of the death of her mother, Catherine Wyvonne Weaver Vance, in December of 2009. Vanessa's son, Avery, also spent some time at Mary Washington, so that makes them another three- generation UMW family! Deigh Renn described her summer as being "family-, friend-, and fun-filled." In October, she enjoyed a visit with Barbara Faxon Stout and husband Hal, who left for Colorado soon after. Alberta "Bert" Shelton has entered the world of the historian. Her second article in a series of condensations of her book, Arnold, Maryland: The Little Post Office That Grew, ran in the Anne Arundel County Historical Society's quarterly publication. As usual, our class "Energizer Bunny," Peggy Hopkins Johnson, is on the go! She enjoyed a trip to Ireland with her sister in June and went to Italy for almost two weeks in October. In the meantime, she bought a condo off Sunken Road, just below the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, and moved in with help from daughter Liz and friends. I'm looking forward to going up to check out everything. Let us hear from you! Material received by NOVEMBER 15 MARCH 15 Appears in FALL/WINTER SUMMER death was especially sad for her. Barbara Pritchard Jones said that "the loss of Jo Harris is still a very sad spot in so many hearts. She was a dear friend who always made one laugh even when things looked gray." Ginny wrote, "Jo never lost her remarkable sense of humor. We started laughing soon after we met and laughter still punctuated our lunches over the years." I'm sure each of us has treasured memories of an encounter with Jo. Ginny directs a church choir, plays piano for various activities, and helps John with his photography hobby. Their grandson Speaking of moving, Betsy Dickenson Surles reminds us that it is not for sissies at our age! She and Lenny had to move on rather short notice and she passes on this wisdom to her classmates: "A little is enough if it meets a need." We must add Virginia Bailes's evaluation of the summer of 2010 to all those we heard in July, August, and September. Her adjective of choice is "disastrous!" As she cleared the garden in the fall, she found herself wondering if she could cope with another season. She continues to clear things out of her house, hoping to move someday, and she stays in contact with Kitty Obenshain and Betty Buck. The sad news that Jo Harris died in July came from Ginny Poole Kinniburgh. Ginny recalls rooming with Jo, then being suitemates with Gen Suits Lasker and Ada Dodrill Gaskill. Gen's lifelong partner, Paul, died last May, so the news of Jo's The second article in a series of condensations of Arnold, Maryland: The Little Post Office That Grew by Alberta "Bert" Shelton '53 ran in the Anne Arundel County Historical Society's quarterly publication. is a freshman at UMW, and their granddaughter, a UMW graduate, is a student at UVa. Ginny said, "I could ask for nothing better for my grandchildren than to have them keep their special UMW classmates as close friends for 57 years." In December of 2009, Carolyn Keck Redic began a four- month journey (with 29 others) as part of an Elderhostel University at Sea group. She visited the Taj Mahal and rode an elephant in India, then boarded a ship in Singapore to sail the Indian Ocean. The ship thwarted a Somali pirate attack. In Madagascar, the temperatures were so hot that, when a boa constrictor was placed around Carolyn's neck, she welcomed its cool skin! Some of her favorite destinations were Bali, Komodo, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Petra. She also enjoyed a Kenyan safari 4 2 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 and sleeping on a Vietnamese junk boat in Ha Long Bay. The Egyptian monuments were awesome, but the Cairo stay was extended nine days due to Iceland's volcanic ash. Carolyn's husband, Jim, has been gone for two years. When she isn't traveling the world, she spends her days transporting grandchildren and enjoying her family. school reunion in August and hoping for cool weather. Betty Lou Maier Irwin helped her daughter-in-law while she recovered from a hip replacement. They have adjoining backyards, Nancy Melton Miller and I have had a couple of conversations lately, which means I've met my laugh quota. What a delight she is! Please keep in touch and be grateful for the Mary Washington memories we treasure. \u Ruth Gillespie Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org Linda LeHardy Sweet; her houseguests, Barbara "Babs" Wilson Taliaferro-Potter and Margaret "Margie" Hogg Sullivan; and I met in Occoquan, Va., for lunch and a mini-reunion in late July. Linda and Babs attended our last reunion, but I hadn't seen Margie for several years, and we had a great time. Margie was to stay in the area for another week or so while house-sitting and visiting family and friends. Babs and Bob planned a trip to Africa along with their usual annual travels. In late August, Ann "Lewie" Payne Long had a back surgery that was more extensive than the one she had last year. (I hope there will be no competition among our "bionic club members" over the amount of metal in anyone's body.) In November, she said she was better and about to move from a walker to a cane but still not driving. We wish her a speedy recovery. Edith Moody Sheffield emailed that it was too hot to do much last summer, with temperatures climbing to 107. They went to their Kitty Hawk, N.C., condo once but not to the beach. Her son was in Mexico for a week, where it was cooler. She was working on plans for her high Carolyn Keck Redick '53 took a four-month Elderhostel University at Sea journey, visiting such places as Bali, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Petra. Along the way, she rode an elephant and handled a boa constrictor; and her ship had to thwart a pirate attack. so Betty Lou didn't have to go far. When waiting for the ferry leaving Nantucket in the fall, she found Mary Ann Dorsey Judy and her guest, Nancy Root Skinner, also heading home, so they had a mini- reunion, too. Betty Lou planned to head to Naples, Fla., in January. Jane Bradfield Davison had a bad fall and hit her head in June, but she is fine now. She still volunteers with the ladies hospital board, garden club, and thrift shop. Husband Jack, though paralyzed on his left side after a stroke in 2002, uses a wheelchair and the computer with ease. A nurse helps five days a week. Carolyn Osborne Jenkins and Bob went to London, Va., in September to see a huge light show in which son Craig participated. Carolyn said his 30 fixtures were phenomenal and the presentation was fantastic. They also had a great time sightseeing. Sadly, we send our sincere condolences to Joan Pershing Poling, whose husband, Don, died suddenly at home in August, and to the family of Nancy Poarch Daugherty, who died in November. Christine Harper Hovis email@example.com It seems as if I've hit a "recession" in news from you all. I started early with my abject begging to no avail - nada, zip, nothing. Even threats of my creative "filler" writing didn't strike fear in anyone's heart. After a second plea, I finally got results, and I thank you very much. My news revolves around my granddaughter, who is spending her junior year of high school in Germany and having a wonderful time. Her overseas family has taken her all over the place and she has kept a computerized journal. Her German is coming along nicely and her English is beginning to take on German construction! In August, Lena "Frenchie" French Fuller received from the printer copies of her book Original Land Survey Atlas of Shenandoah County, Va. 1 73 9- 1 850s, which has been well received and helps families who are searching for their ancestors' land. She drew each Shenandoah County survey issued by Lord Fairfax and the Virginia Land Office and placed it on modern USGS topographic maps. Her two oldest grandsons, along with eight of their cousins, married last year. Luckily, the happy days were spread throughout the year. Joan Kleinknecht started work on a gigantic sunflower painting and was off to care for two children whose mother, one of Joan's former students, has become a director in her company. and Mike put more than 2,000 miles on their Subaru and saw some beautiful countryside. Betsy Land Johnson of Green Bay, Wis., had a wild and woolly summer of traveling. She and her oldest daughter took a tour of Eastern Europe that started in Berlin. They planned to spend seven days in the city and hit most of the high spots, but it wasn't long enough to see all the wonderful museums. They then traveled to Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, and Prague. The tour was outstanding and they loved every country they visited. Betsy then headed to a family reunion in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she spent a week with her entire family, as well as her sister and most of her family. There were 28 to gather around the table! Next, she traveled with Wisconsin United Methodist Church to lea and Pisco in Peru on a two-week medical mission trip that was rewarding but physically challenging. She then went to Germany for the For Betsy Blackwell Fowler, the highlight of 2009 was having deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinsons. This involved implanting in the brain electrodes that are connected to a sort of pacemaker. It was highly successful in relieving some of the annoying symptoms of the disease. She also had cataract surgery on both eyes and a tooth implant. She hoped and expected to return to a travel mode in the coming year; meanwhile, gardening is her big passion. (Betsy, I hope that 2010 was a better year for you and that you had some wonderful adventures!) Ginny Marco Hancock sends greetings to everyone. She and Mike drove to Traverse City, Mich., to visit daughter Rebecca, who is second mate on a 1,000-foot Great Lakes bulk carrier. When she was growing up, she was told that girls can perform any job, so there she is helping keep this behemoth of a ship on course and loving it! Ginny Betsy Land Johnson y 55 had an entire summer of adventure: She and her daughter toured Eastern Europe, she then joined 27 other family members for a reunion in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after which she traveled with Wisconsin United Methodist Church to lea and Pisco in Peru on a two- week medical mission trip. To top it all off, she then went to Germany for the Oberammergau Passion Play. Oberammergau Passion Play. She thinks this summer will be a Green Bay summer. Charlotte Fisher Klapproth and Chris took a September trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. They had a mini-reunion with the two couples they traveled with on riverboat cruises in Europe. They drove through the Great Smoky Mountains, shopped, and drank beer. There was even moonshine available! In November, Charlotte and Chris took their RV to Cape Charles, Va. She loves the hardware store there and had heard of a great fabric store on the way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Next, they traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they visited some of their old haunts, saw some old friends they UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 A 3 CLASS NOTES hadn't seen in a few years, and ate at Charlotte's favorite pizza place. It was a restful week for both of them. Now everything is back in full swing: bell choir by driving up to Telluride in southwestern Colorado and having a nostalgic time walking around the runs they used to ski every for Chris, chorale performances for Charlotte, and the usual meetings and gatherings with friends. She said, "I cannot forget about the canasta group, either. My gosh, have we gotten this old this fast?" Polly Stoddard Heim and Ken were back in Tucson, Ariz., where blue skies and sunshine abound, for the winter. She hoped to see Mary- Margaret Papstein Carter when she makes her annual trip to Arizona. Mary Kate Bird Dellett lives in Oregon in the summer and Arizona in the winter and would love visitors in either place. Her hobby is volunteering as a tax preparer for the elderly from February through April. She also stays busy with the American Association of University Women, church, friends, and travel. She is proud and excited that daughter Katherine (Kathy Grace) Hammack was appointed assistant secretary of the Army in charge of all Army installations worldwide. Mary Kate said that Katherine is well qualified for the post and extremely good at telling everyone what to do. Mary Kate was to spend Christmas with her and the family at Hilton Head, S.C. Sally Watson Castle took the Mary Washington trip to Egypt and Jordan with her son and his wife. Since then, the couple has had twins, which makes eight grandchildren for Sally. Both her son and daughter live in Sun Valley, Idaho, but she is thankful that her third child lives near her. She planned to travel to Florida in February for the winter. Nancy Shope Armbruster and Joe still live in Plaza del Monte, a retirement community in downtown Santa Fe, N.M. Last February, they took a Caribbean cruise on Holland America. They left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visited several islands, then traveled down to the Panama Canal, where they learned about how the canal operates and some of its history. Nancy said the food on cruises is remarkably delicious and constantly available. Weight gain, not seasickness, is the great danger of cruising. In August, she and )oe celebrated their 55th anniversary Sandra Cutchins Pittman '56 and Gary have traveled to all 50 states, as well as Norway, Germany, Russia, China, and Spain. year for more than 30 years. Their four children (hope that's right and I didn't miss anyone) live in California, Colorado, Indiana, and Santa Fe, and they visit fairly regularly. Again, I want to thank everyone who responded with news. You all are saved from my meanderings and my inability to leave great unfilled spaces. So, until the next deadline, take care and stir up some trouble. Ann Chilton Power acpowerl @earthlink.net I keep busy with my Out of the Attic column for the local newspaper, which led me into a small group writing a history of Warrenton, Va., for its bicentennial. I visited Chicago in June and British Columbia in July with my cousin, Mary Chilton Newell '54 and her husband, Bill. I went on the Rappahannock County artists' tour last fall and visited Nancy Schultz '58, who is a popular artist there. She was a member of Russell Walther's equestrian group and is in touch with Marion Lee. I remember Ozzie Mask and Claire Williams Parker being part of that group, too. Nancy, who returns to her native Wisconsin in the summers, explained that she came to Mary Washington when she learned of its riding program from a school catalog that fell at her feet from a shelf in a high school study hall! In October, I attended a reception and lecture at George Washington's Mount Vernon, where Sandra Day O'Connor was the speaker. Coincidentally, she had recently visited my son at his office in Reno, Nev, where he is publisher of the Reno Gazette-Journal. I also attended a re-enactment of Ware vs. Hylton, a 1790s Supreme Court case, that was presided over by Justice Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court chambers, with a reception Following. Both events were very informative to this political science junkie! I had never toured the Supreme Court building and am infatuated with the new museum at Mount Vernon. Sandra Cutchins Pittman and Gary celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania with their four sons, their daughters-in-law, and their six grandchildren, who range from kindergarten- through college-age. Sandra and Gary have traveled to all 50 states, as well as Norway, Germany, Russia, China, and Spain. They planned to travel to Australia and New Zealand in late fall and return home in time for Christmas. column is only as good as the news you all take the time to send. I'll begin with the sad and end with happier news. Barbara Dill Montgomery died in October. Her husband, Charlie, sent a short synopsis of Barbara's life. They had three daughters, Susan, Linda, and Elizabeth; a son, Stephen; and five grandchildren. Barbara was quite a golfer and won many tournaments at Washington Golf and Country Club and Rehoboth Beach Country Club. She was stricken with peripheral neuropathy, which caused her to wear leg braces. When she was forced to give up golf, she switched to bridge, after a 40-year hiatus! She stayed busy with women's organizations and was a driving force behind the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Having been a breast cancer survivor since 1986, she was perfect for the job, as she was always bright and optimistic about life and people. Barbara will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Ann Davis Spivey had lunch with Susan Bender Trotter in Richmond and enjoyed catching up on grandchildren and quilt projects. Ann and husband Joe visited with Judy Denton Quillen and her husband, also Joe, at their cabin in Abingdon, Va., during the height of the autumn color. She had Mickey Foley McDaniel was busy preparing for our 55th reunion the first weekend of June. She traveled all the way from Atlanta to UMW in August for the planning meeting. Carole Petley Toone, Nanalou West Sauder, and others, including myself, joined her for a day. We hope you will reward us with your attendance. Nanalou has arranged for our class to have dinner at Brompton, a lovely setting for us to get together over surf and turf, veggies, salad, dessert, and wine on that Friday evening. Imagine drinking on campus! Nanalou loves her new home in Kendal at Lexington. She can cook when she pleases or eat with peers in the dining room, she enjoys Erna MacLaughlin Lawrence '57 her two cats and an d Kmt amended a gathering of exercises regularly ° ° J in the community her clan at the MacLachlan Castle pool and by on Loch Fyne in Scotland. At the walking her cocker spaniel, 1 796 castle, they met MacLachlans Layla. she keeps from eight countries. in touch with another cocker owner, Ozzie Mask, who continues the opportunity to visit with our with her Sweet Adelines choral new president and his wife in early group. Who doesn't remember October. They traveled together to Ozzie singing and strumming in the Chile in 2008. halls of Mary Washington? „ „, , ^ Jrx „ ; 6 Betty Rhodes O Donnell My computer is aging faster wrote a lovely note. She wields her than I am, and the feedback is pen like an accomplished writer, sparse. Perhaps it is time to "hang so I'll just copy her words. "On an it up," but I hope to see you at the overcast late October afternoon, the reunion first. deciduous trees at Craftsman Farms were especially vibrant and the beautiful property most appealing where noted turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley's former Joan Callahan Frankhauser home and workshops are located in firstname.lastname@example.org Morrjs p , amS) RJ The property is Special kudos go to Polly Smith a National Historic Site and offers Nelson for the wonderful job visitors an appealing glimpse of the she did as our Class Agent the Art « and Crafts Movement, with past three years. I thank those of its distinctive wooden furniture, you who responded to my recent textiles, metal, and ceramic, all of postcard with your news. The hi g h q ualit Y- The sma11 museum was \A UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 a recent discovery, as my daughter, Megan, who my husband and I were visiting, moved to Morristown two months ago." Jean Durham Busboso and husband Buz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. With one exception, their wedding was a simple one. Buz's family in Hawaii was unable to attend and sent a bushel of orchids. The flowers were used to decorate the cake, reception table, and matron of honor's bouquet, and scattered by the flower girl as she walked down the center aisle. Orchids were also used for decorations at the 50th celebration, again on the cake and also in combination with magnolia leaves to decorate the tables. Among the guests were Jean's former roommate Joyce Bristow Wrestler, who also attended the Busbosos' 1960 wedding, and her husband, Cliff. She ends with this statement: "Orchids (from Hawaii) and magnolias (from Virginia) are a winning combination, just as [the] marriage has been!" Meredith Puller Townes and husband Jack had quite a year. They spent five days in London, then flew to France, where their visit to the beaches at Normandy was a powerful and moving experience. The Towneses have two granddaughters, one in high school and one in middle school, and three grandsons, two in college and one in high school. Grandson Jake received the Eagle Scout Award in the spring. Meredith still plays golf and bridge, and she sees Ann Winters Haynie once in a while. Barbara Morton Williamson moved to Carol Woods, a retirement community in Chapel Hill, N.C., to be closer to daughter Amy, who lives in Charlotte, teaches in a charter school, and had baby Penelope (Barbara's first grandchild) in October. At her new home, Barbara enjoys an interesting group of people, many who have taught at nearby colleges and universities and have fascinating tales to tell. She would love to hear from classmates in the area, and you can contact me for her address. Joyce Bristow Wrestler continues to sing in a church choir and in community performances, like The Messiah and concerts at Virginia Wesleyan College. She's thankful she can still sing and even, sometimes, still hit the old high C. (She still has her sense of humor intact, I might add!) She continues to quilt and sew a little and is part of the worldwide service organization Pilot International. She and Cliff, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, have traveled quite a bit. Last summer, they took a cruise to Italy and Greece, witnessed a Stromboli eruption, and saw Pompeii and the Roman ruins. The poor job market Joyce Bristow Wrestler '57 and Cliff, who celebrated their 50th anniversary, took a cruise to Italy and Greece, witnessed a Stromboli eruption, and saw Pompeii and the Roman ruins. has affected some of the Wrestler offspring, but Joyce has faith that things will slowly improve. They have four grandchildren. Betsy Jones Ware's son, Latani Jr., and his family plan to remain in Argentina for three years instead of the two they'd previously planned. Betsy's granddaughters, ages 13 and 10, go to St. Andrew's Scots School and their parents take courses at the University of Buenos Aires. Latani and Betsy were looking forward to visiting them in December. Daughter Elizabeth works for a financial consulting firm in Richmond. Betsy often sees Lucy Meade and husband Eddie, who retired from Davenport and Co. in Richmond. Erna MacLaughlin Lawrence and Kent attended a gathering of her clan at the MacLachlan Castle on Loch Fyne in Scotland. Clan Chief Euan MacLachlan, who still lives in the "new" 1796 castle, hosted the three-day event. They met MacLachlans from eight countries, including Australia and New Zealand, and loved visiting the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the original 1300s castle, destroyed by the British after the 1746 Battle of Culloden. The clan is trying to raise money to restore the old castle and to keep the on-site restaurant going. Contact Erna if you're looking for a charming place to stay in Scotland! Vickie Majure Souder was heading to London, where one daughter and her family live, then to Paris to visit her younger son and his family. Jane Sjostrom Wyman and her husband, both active Shriners, enjoy a quiet and peaceful life with their family. Ellen Hertz Hewitt and Charlie were in France for a month, spending a week with Barbara Russell Karski, who went to Mary Washington her freshman year, and her husband, Michel. The Hewitts also spent three days with a French friend Ellen hadn't seen in 65 years. He and his brother lived with her family in Connecticut after World War II, while their parents returned to Paris to see if it was safe to bring the family home. After several attempts, Ellen finally located the brothers and had a wonderful visit with one of them. The other lives in Philadelphia. She and Charlie planned to attend an ecumenical convention in Fredericksburg in December and had reservations at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. They thought the price was worth it for the fun of spending a night on campus. Ellen visited with Cathy Wall Rice in Charlottesville, where Ellen's husband, Charlie, and Cathy's husband, Ben, former fraternity brothers, were celebrating their reunion. The couples see each other at U.Va. football games. Lets step back a bit more to our days at Willard! Carol Bewley Dalhouse wrote that she lived on the third floor of Willard and the top floor of Mason. She'll never forget bringing her 6-week-old daughter to visit and catching her class lining up in Ball Hall to practice for graduation! That baby, by the way, was Laurie Dalhouse Saunders '79. Carol's father was on the board at that time and was able to award her diploma. It was a great moment! Carol has many friends nearby who graduated from Mary Washington (May Meyer Justice and Helene Martin Vest) or spent a year or two there (Joyce Lennon Goodwin, Virginia Lee Cox Trippear, Nancy Pilcher Hagan, and Carol's dear friend Ann Masters Davy, who died last December). Sadly, Carol's sister, Janet Bewley Edmunds '59, died two years ago. Carol said that, though all of us are much older than we ever imagined, she still pictures our classmates as young and full of spirit as we were in the mid-'50s. She keeps up with everyone by avidly reading Class Notes and wishes more people would write so that her memories would be more complete. Carol said, "I think fondly of Lois Prime, Meredith Puller, Sandy Ball, and many more." Thank you all for sending your news! Susannah Godlove email@example.com Jerry Stocks Sample had a surgery that went well but left her on painkillers tor a while. Over the Halloween weekend, Jerry, Mary McCardell Furr, and Carol Ann LaSalle McMahon Roberts, along with their husbands, had their annual roommates' reunion at Mary's house in Norfolk, Va., where they have met tor 17 years. Their fourth roommate, Francis Karins Updike, and husband Bud, who had already left for their winter home in Florida, could not join them this year. The group is grateful that Mary Washington helped form these wonderful friendships so many years ago. Sally Boyce Sullivan has lived in Dallas with her family since March of 1960. She writes that Dallas is a beautiful, cultural, and booming community. Sally Peggy Kelley Reinburg '58 has performed solo organ recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. She also is an organ design and restoration consultant and frequently lectures on that topic as well as on sacred music. enjoys spending time with her two children and two grandchildren, who live nearby. Her husband, a CPA, has had his own business since 1980 and she has been his secretary. They enjoy going on cruises, especially to the Panama Canal, Alaska, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. Kay Martin Britto had fun attending the American Library Association meeting in Washington, D.C., with her daughter, a librarian in Leesburg, Va. Kay had a great visit with her sophomore roommate, who lives in her family home outside Richmond. Nancy Prosee Kurz shared memories ot living on Adams Street in Fredericksburg, playing on the UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 45 CLASS NOTES golf course that is now the site of UMW's Battleground Athletic Complex, and being a day student. She still has family in Fredericksburg and visits every few months. She has a large doll collection and participated in the annual doll show there last year. Some of her favorite Mary Washington memories are from the years when she sang in the choir under the direction of Dr. George Luntz. Nancys minor was in school music and she taught in Maryland and Delaware. Her oldest son, a pianist, is on the statt of Rice University in Houston and plays in the Houston Symphony. In January of 2010, Nancy, her husband, and her other son attended the symphony's performance of The Planets at Carnegie Hall. She retired 10 years ago after a career in human resources at a local bank. She spends time with her two grandchildren, roots for the Philadelphia Phillies, reads, and sings with her church's cantata choir. Peggy Kelley Reinburg has had a long career in music. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Mary Washington and a masters degree in church music and musicology from Northwestern University in Evanston, 111., where she studied with Richard Enright. She completed postgraduate coursework at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was a student of the renowned Gustav Leonhardt. Peggy is artistic director of the Organ Swell recital series presented by the Tidewater chapter of the American Guild of Organists at the Virginia Arts Festival and is founder and artistic director of Ensemble Baroque, based in Norfolk. She has performed solo organ recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. She is an organ design and restoration consultant and frequently lectures on that topic as well as on sacred music. Peggy, a strong advocate for youth involvement in music, designed and co-implemented the 1988 AGO national pilot projects for the Pipe Organ Encounters youth program. This year, she will tour the United States with her lecture-recital commemorating the centennial anniversary of French organist and composer Jehan Alain. I moved to another unit at Fort Loudoun Apartments, and my mail has been a little messed up. When the Office of Alumni Relations sent postcards, I received one addressed to myself in Winchester, Va., and one, which I forwarded, addressed to Betty Morin Goble in Snellville, Ga. I want to thank our classmates who took the time to write. Edna Gooch Trudeau firstname.lastname@example.org My 18-month-old grandson, Lucas, starts running as soon as his feet hit the floor in the morning and falls out at night. He's speaking in short sentences and his grandmother adores everything he does. Martha Spilman Clark's boys' home in Lima, Peru, was washed away during the summer floods, and they were temporarily housed in an old hotel. They were looking for a place to rebuild in the same area. Martha's husband, Paul, found land for another home that was to be added to their worksite this year. Repairs to the Amazon Hope medical ship are complete and it can again sail to provide aid to those in need. The Clarks' program for the deaf is growing. Son Billy is busy with work teams that have shown much advancement. Martha enjoyed her daughter's visit and especially her three children. Martha teaches a community Bible study class for women of all ages and sings in a women's choir in Lima. Paul continues as director of Scripture Union. They enjoy good health and are committed for life to their missionary work. Irene Piscopo Rodgers and Don visited relatives in Kansas and Pennsylvania during the summer. Irene still does microscopy at Hunter College but on her own terms and when she wants to! Gloria Winslow Borden was in Hawaii last summer, and Audrey Dubetsky Doyle joined her for five days. Aud is hanging in there, with some good and some not-so-good days. Her three children live nearby and are her strongest support. Phyllis Hartleb Rowley was planning a big birthday party for her husband in October. They visited son Phillip and family in San Francisco in September and planned to see Stanford play Wake Forest and USC. Jane Tucker Broadbooks and John celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to Bermuda. Son Jon Karl and family visited for a week in July. Cecile Duncan Folan received a letter from Frances Bourke Firth, who took an Alaskan cruise and land tour with husband Roger. Cecile also spoke with Mary Louise Cork Hendrix, who was recovering from a broken bone in her upper arm after falling while watering her yard, and Sigrid Stanley Jackman, who planned to take a two-week trip to Barbados with husband Bill in October. Marne Reese Jones had a mini-reunion with Cecile, Carol Kowalski Reidy, Yvonne Wright Floyd, and Zada Taylor Knackle. In one afternoon, they managed to overeat, talk nonstop, and solve many world problems. Jody Campbell Close email@example.com Karen Larsen Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org It's hard to believe that our 50th reunion was a year ago. Jody and I are still processing all the memories, as are most of you who were there, I'm sure. Darrell and I (Karen) had a busy two months of RV travel on the East Coast last summer, including Mother's Day with our son and his family in Florida, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, attending the reunion, visiting friends and relatives in the Washington, D.C., area, and ending with a week at Disney World with our whole family, including 17 grandchildren and their parents! We celebrated our 50th anniversary in September with two parties, one during a dance weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., and a later Jane Tucker Broadbooks '59 and John celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to Bermuda. one here in Mesa, Ariz., with local friends. We still round dance in the winter. We plan to return to our trailer in the mountains for Memorial Day and a relatively peaceful season at senior summer camp, with no major travel plans. Jody's two sons are Marine colonels stationed at Quantico, Va., and her daughter, who lives in Washington, is a leadership/ organizational development counselor. As if owning up to the years during our 50th reunion wasn't enough to turn Jody's hair white, her first-born, who created quite a stir at Mary Washington just before graduation, turned 50 in 2010 and plans to retire in the next couple of years. Jody said, "I am NOT old enough to have an old retiree for a son!" She also wrote that she has "enjoyed" one adventure (or misadventure) after another since our reunion. Most recently, the refrigerator installers inadvertently pinched the copper water line that ran behind the wall, and it streamed water for some time before she discovered it flowing into the dining room. Much repair and confusion, not to mention sloshing, followed. It kind of spoiled her new-car celebration, but with reliable wheels, she was itching for a road trip and said that she might have to take an alumnae tour and pop in on many of you to collect your news. Jody still enjoys genealogy and planned to take a 14-week certification course at Boston University. Janet Hook Foley, Dee Merrill Albright, and Rita Knupp Burke (roomies and suitemate) did not attend the reunion in June but chose to do their own in July. They toured the campus, had fun watching and giving directions to the new students who were lost, and enjoyed cutting across the grass in Ball Circle, legally. They visited old haunts in downtown Fredericksburg, were amazed by the new Eagle Landing apartment complex, and planned another reunion in a year or so. (Sounds like what we did at the official reunion, and there were 42 of us doing it together.) Sharane "Mickey" McManus Dukatz wrote that she had intended to reconnect with us for years, after she began receiving the alumni magazine, and is delighted to be back in touch. (She and I, Karen, were Mary Washington majorettes.) Mickey transferred after sophomore year and finished her education at the University of Minnesota. She and Frank winter at Bullhead City, Ariz., just a few hours from us. Joyce Neill Krost has gotten back into painting seriously in the past few years and loves it, as always. She spent a few months in Spain, with a side trip to Africa, visiting family and painting. Her sister lives in Spain, and her son, Neill, a diplomat with the State Department, lives with his wife and two boys in Tunisia. Needless to say, Joyce was well taken care of and spoiled in both places. She lives in Af, UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 a condo near a lake in Cleveland. Her three other children live within a few miles of her, so she gets lots of time with the grandchildren. Joyce said, I am "thankful for my years at Mary Washington and the liberal education that seems to have prepared me for whatever comes my way." Several months ago, Jody and I gave the ladies on our email lists an assignment to share their Mary Washington memories with us. Betty Ditmars Prosser listed these reminiscences: the hushed sounds of footsteps and the smell on an early spring morning as we walked to the dining room, midnight curfews, makeshift kitchens on the dorm floor, hotplates warming endless cups of coffee, bridge games, cramming for exams, Marine Corps balls in October, the bookstore and the heaviness of the texts, visits to Washington, D.C., crossing the highway to Howard Johnson, formal teas with white gloves, lyceums, talking long into the night, bonding with our room- and hall-mates, having sisters after all the years, gathering the mail at the school post office, awaiting letters from far-away boyfriends and family, wearing Bermudas under our trench coats, being addressed in class as "Miss" instead of by our first names, and watching and waiting for life to happen to us. Betty wrote that Mary Washington was "not only an education; it was cultivation, motivation, and inspiration. There were lessons to be learned inside and outside of books. There was maturity to be reached and recognized. We were learning about the world and our place in it. Mary Washington was a beginning that introduced us to our future and hopefully prepared us for it. We were what we would become and we are who we are because of those years. A toast to Mary Washington . . . and cheers to the dedicated professors and staff who nurtured our dreams and made us a 'family' away from home. We shall remember Mary Washington always." Betty Oliver Bridgman wrote to thank us for remembering her birthday and said it's still great to live in Colorado. Joan Scarritt Reynolds wrote that she was happy that she followed through on last-minute plans to attend our 50th reunion, and she praised the committee members for their excellent work. This past fall, Joan spent a week in Connecticut, followed by two weeks with friends in France, where there were no crowds, few tourists, and nice weather, and they were fortunate to have had the use of a Paris apartment on Boulevard du Montparnasse. They weren't terribly inconvenienced by the strikes but had problems finding gas on strike days. Joan also spent time with friends on a horse farm in Normandy and visiting a UNESCO heritage site at Carcassonne. Jody was in touch with several classmates. Bayla Goldberg Manis reported that she is well and sent greetings. Nancy Moncure Deiss, who was at Reunion Weekend and seated in the front row of Sue Smith Goodrick y 60 celebrated her birthday with a four-day trip, visiting Asheville, touring the Biltmore Estate, and taking a lazy drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. our infamous class picture, also sent her good wishes. Sue Smith Goodrick, in the second row of our picture, was planning an April river cruise on the Rhine. She was on a barge cruise last season and made a run to Australia right after Reunion. She celebrated her birthday with a four-day trip, visiting Asheville, N.C., where she toured the Biltmore Estate and took a lazy drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Betty Call Snead Dorset's husband's serious health concerns kept her from our reunion, but she wanted to hear all your news and was proud to tell us about her daughter, an acclaimed physician; her son-in-law, an equally skilled Air Force physician serving overseas; and her four darling grandchildren. Finally, on a sad note, Mary Jane Stevens Taylor reported that her four-year Mary Washington roomie, Jean Clark Weatherson, died in September of medical complications following surgery. She was a military wife who devoted her time to her family, military families, and her church. Keep those emails coming, ladies. There are lots of classmates waiting with baited breath for your news. cfuO Connie Booth Logothetis (A - L) email@example.com Lynne Williams Neave (M - Z) firstname.lastname@example.org [Please send news to the designated Class Agent according to the first letter of your MAIDEN name.] From Connie: By the time you read this, our 50th reunion will nearly be upon us. I am excited and hope you are, too! Much of my news is gleaned from making my reunion giving calls, which were such fun, as though 50 years had not passed. Andy and I spent a week exploring the Outer Banks of North Carolina in September, before all the rains, and planned to go on a South American Overseas Adventure Travel trip in January to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and the Chilean fjords. Due to an editing error in the fall/winter issue of University of Mary Washington Magazine, the following information regrettably was linked to the wrong class member. It should have read: Connie Booth Logothetis is playing some tennis and was on a USTA senior team that went to the North Carolina state championships. She said it was lots of fun even though her team didn't win the trophy! She and Andy spent 10 days visiting her sister, Linkey Booth Green '63, in Carlisle, Pa., where they biked, kayaked, ate out, and went to outdoor concerts. Connie and Andy enjoy grandson Leo, who is a constant talker! Mary Hatcher and Connie got together for lunch and to exchange gardening information. Mary has taken the Master Gardener course and Connie is partially re-doing her yard. In August, Noreen Galvin Dunn, who lives on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, wrote that she and Judy LaRoe Hare are interested in "this amazing reunion." During the last 50 years, Noreen has had plenty of fun and been lucky enough to travel, work in many places, and achieve a little bit of success. At 68, she passed the exam to become one of three commercial appraisers on St. Croix. She also was appointed to the Real Estate Appraisal Board and makes several trips to the United States each year. She joined the local theater group and starred in the play Proof. Husband George is retired and daughter Catherine joined Noreen's company. Boson Books of North Carolina published Kelly Cherry's collection of stories called The Woman Who as a paperback and an e-book in September. She spent time last summer working on a long poem at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Husband Burke Davis was renovating their house, which meant they spent a few months in a rental. Earlier this year, Kelly was named Virginia's Poet Laureate. Pepper Jacobs Germer and Hank discovered what several classmates already have undertaken: trips with Grand Circle Travel or Overseas Adventure Travel. The Germers went to Paris and on a Seine River cruise for three weeks in March and were "treated like kings and queens!" Their other travels were to local attractions such as Franklin, Tenn., where they visited Carnton Plantation and Battlefield. They have gone to Branson, Mo., for fun, shopping, and excellent shows and to Virginia to visit old friends. They have one grandchild, 2 -year-old Henry, and were delighted that their daughter and her family moved from California to the Houston area. Now they can make the 10-hour drive from Jonesboro, Ariz., to visit as often as possible. A trip with their son to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico was planned for the fall. Pepper's summer project was making "fussy" seat covers for her dining room chairs. She and Hank are active in their church and feel very blessed. Pepper said, "We can't wait to come to our 50th reunion!" Charlotte Howard Austin and Hank of Papillion, Neb., also are excited about coming to Linda Sue Olinger Shaw '61 has a graduate degree from Harvard and is a retired economics professor at Longwood University. Fredericksburg for our 50th. In October, they planned to visit friends as they traveled across the country to Charleston, S.C., where they were to spend eight days and attend Hank's 50th reunion at The Citadel. On a 2008 visit to the Mary UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 4 " University of Mary Washington Bookstore UMW argyle mug $10.99 UMW argyle shot glass $7.99 SIGG water bottle Available in blue, light blue, red, and purple $26.99 UMW: A Centennial History, 1908-2008 by William B. 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Being at West Point brought back memories of weekend trips from Mary Washington and visits with son Rob during his four years there. They planned to come to the reunion with Patty Cairns Hourin and Jim. On a trip to Virginia and Pennsylvania last year, Carol Grant LeMay visited Mary Washington for the first time since graduation and couldn't believe all the changes. The highlight of the trip was meeting Bev Carlson Shea and Jim in Gettysburg, Pa. Carol felt as though they had just seen each other a week before. They also visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico and traveled through West Virginia on the way home. The LeMays spend a lot of time running the roads to Birmingham, Ala., where daughter Jill lives with her family, and they attended grandson Jacob's sixth birthday party. Carol still conducts tours of historic Natchez in Mississippi. They planned to take a 12-day cruise on the eastern Caribbean in February as an early celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Carol hopes to make it to the reunion and looks forward to seeing everyone. Eleanor Knight Jensen and Cliff of Connecticut took a short trip to New Hampshire and Vermont to view the fall foliage. The weather cooperated and the colors were spectacular. They stayed at the Crotched Mountain Resort in Francestown, N.H., which is operated by Shell Vacations, the company they rent from on the Big Island of Hawaii. Carolyn Crum Pannu wrote that she is thrilled about the reunion. She and Pat Scott Peck, who plan to be roommates, are to meet in Washington, D.C., before the reunion and return there for a short visit before heading west again. Carolyn spoke with Lynne Williams Neave about money for the Reunion Eagle Award and said that she is saving for that donation and hopes our class will be generous. She is thankful to have received a solid education and made lifelong friends at Mary Washington. Carolyn visited with Renee Levinson Laurents in Los Angeles twice, staying once with The Chesapeake Bay Foundation named Kay Slaughter '61 Virginia Conservationist of the Year for 2010. her and her darling pet family and again on Labor Day weekend, when she and Kara joined Renee for a snack in Santa Monica. Carolyn planned to go to Dallas for Thanksgiving with son Raj and grandson Alex, a kindergartener who is reading and loves sports and school. Babs Buse Johnson of Bowie, Md., transferred to Gettysburg College after two years with us, but she feels very close to our class and plans to come to the reunion with Matt McCeney Campbell of Nashville, Tenn., and Jean Ryan Farrell. Babs lives close to her 96-year-old mother, outside Annapolis, but her two daughters and five grandchildren are in Seattle and Orlando, Fla.! Her husband died a few years ago. Matt, who also transferred from Mary Washington after two years, went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majored in English, and earned her master's degree in English education in 1982. Through the years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, English teacher, and real estate agent in Atlanta and Nashville, and she served on a higher education commission. She has a daughter and a son, both of whom are married with children. Marie Butler Skalski of Springfield, Va., sells furniture for JCPenney at Springfield Mall. Her ex-husband died last year, and she has one son and three grandchildren. Marie isn't sure she can come to the reunion but is still in touch with former roomie Margaretta Kirksey Bir, a widow who lives in her hometown of Eutaw, Ala., and Sue Butzner Maschino of McLean, Va. Marie also said that Sandy Noyes of Florida has three daughters. I talked with two classmates from freshman year in Cornell, roomie Carlotta Croghan Clark of Annapolis, Md., and suitemate Sandee Judkins Armitage of Peoria, Ariz. Sandee married Bob in 1961, and they plan to take a family cruise from Bayonne, N.J., to Bermuda in June to celebrate their 50th anniversary! She and Bob lived in Connecticut for more than 25 years and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Sandee sounds as fun-loving as ever. Carlotta and Preston had a successful six-store lighting business for many years and sold it in 2009. Their two daughters and four grandchildren live nearby. After graduation, Carlotta worked for three years at NIH with Rosie Borke, and then taught science at a private high school before going into the lighting business. Now she has more free time to play tennis (she ranks 4.0) and travel. She and Preston planned to take a repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Copenhagen and to hopefully fly home in time for the reunion. Shirley Garman told her that our freshman suitemate Jane Snyder Osman Felber died of liver cancer a few years ago. Neither of us knows about former suitemates Ginny Cusick Hanlon and Sandy Kollender. Beautiful Aundriette Miller Smith and her Marine, John, have returned to her childhood home in Summer Shade, Ky, to a farm where they have a herd of 50 registered Angus cattle. After three years of Marine life, they lived in Belleview, Wash., where she was a hotel caterer. They have a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren, two of whom are considering attending UMW! Linda Sue Olinger Shaw has a graduate degree from Harvard, is a retired economics professor at Longwood University, and lives in Floyd, Va. Judy Reese Nye went to Mary Washington for two years before transferring to another school and lives in her hometown of Columbia, S.C., with husband John. Judy worked as vice president/ manager of an insurance agency and has been in contact with Sandra Williamson, who also lives in Columbia and was with us for one year. Pam Ristori Sigda is busy as a self-employed clinical psychologist, so I talked to her husband, Bob, a retired college professor, instead. They enjoy life in Boca Raton, Fla. Pam has three children from her first husband. Bob promised to convey our wish that they both attend the reunion. I was delighted to talk with "Georgie" Georgeou Rahnias, as our husbands were classmates at the same high school in Thessaloniki, Greece. George has not attended any of those reunions, but Georgie said they plan to attend ours. He is a dentist, and she works full time as his office manager. They lead a quiet life in Holmdel, N.J., and have two married daughters and six grandchildren. Georgie took up ballroom dancing three years ago, after giving up tennis. Another classmate of Greek descent, Maddie Contis Marken, lives in Falmouth, Mass., and does per diem social work full time for local hospitals and clinics. She has three children, including a son who is engaged to be married in early June, and she hikes and bikes in various countries. She and her daughter visited the village her parents are from in Epirus, Greece. Maddie and Cathy Ledner Kuttner of Basking Ridge, N.J., who has three children and works as a mental health clinician, hope to come to the reunion together. Vesta "Monnie" Smith Newhouse, who has attended several reunions, plans to come to our big one with Sue Southern Roush of Gainesville, Va., and Cherry Sarff Everett of Port Royal, Va. These three went to Wakefield High School in Virginia and were freshman year roomies in Betty Lewis Hall. Monnie works full time at NBC station WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., in the sales department and traffic area, and At age 68, Noreen Galvin Dunn '61 passed the exam to become one of three commercial appraisers on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was appointed to the Real Estate Appraisal Board. compiling the program log. Sue went to Mary Washington for two years, then to nursing school at UVa. Cherry went for one year before getting married. Monnie passed on the sad news that their suitemate Henrietta Overton Hutchinson died several years ago. In addition to Mary Hatcher and me, Connie, there are at least two other classmates in Wilmington, N.C., Elizabeth UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 4 CLASS NOTES Stewart Grenzebach, who was in the medical technology program and left to spend her senior year at MCV, and June Walton Lederle. Elizabeth lived in Cornell freshman year with Mary McMorrow Swanson of Clearwater, Fla., and Chloe Irvin Weaver of Dunedin, Fla. Elizabeth, whose husband, Jim, died in 1989, recently sold her house and was to rent an apartment for a year before deciding where to live. She was born in Virginia. June married Albert, a pro football player from Georgia State and former Washington Redskin, in 1959. Her roomies were Eli Dunn Moody of Charlotte, N.C., who later went to MCV; Sylvia Garland Wickwire of Savannah, Ga.; and Renee Levinson Laurents of Culver City, Calif. Fla., with wife Maria and works at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. They were expecting a baby boy, their fourth, in December. The Ashleys' oldest son, Chris, lost his job and started two part-time jobs. Their fourth son, Andrew, works in Washington, D.C. Polly Updegraff Champ '61 continues her theatrical involvement, recently working wardrobe, dressing the children for the Broadway tour of South Pacific and for Porgy and Bess. We Logothetises and Ashleys had a wonderful time at the wedding of our roomie Janie Riles to Jim Dietz in an old country church, with a reception at the beautiful farm of Jim's sister and husband near Staunton, Va. I caught up with Bobbie Brookes Nation while she was in Richmond visiting her 96-year-old mother and her sister, Pamela Brookes Weiseman '63. Bobbie has lived in London for 41 years, having married an Englishman who is now deceased. She has two daughters and two grandsons, all of whom live near her in Chelsea, "a lovely part ot the world." I expected her to have a British accent, but she said she didn't want to have a "bad accent" and made a point to keep her American dialect! Her own interior design business kept her busy for several years, but she has retired from that and hopes to come to the reunion. Finally, I called my sophomore roomie, Elizabeth Wright Coxe, of Phoenix, Md., and put in a strong message to come to the reunion! Elizabeth, or "Bitsy" as she didn't mind being called then, married in 1959 and finished her degree at Goucher College in Baltimore. She was a partner in a travel business until Sept. 1 1, 2001. 1 went on one of her walking trips to Alsace, France, and the Black Forest in Germany in 1999. She has two grown sons and a granddaughter, Alice, who is about 5. Clara Sue Durden Ashley and Clarence planned to attend the December retirement ceremony of their second son, Park, at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. He served for 20 years and was looking for a job, with his first choice being to work as a civilian at Wright- Patterson AFB in Ohio. Their third son, Dennis, lives in St. Augustine, Renee Levinson Laurents took a short trip to Sierra National Forest in August. She said that the giant trees are jaw-droppers, the fauna is wonderful, and deer, bears, chipmunks, and other denizens of the forest abound. She still writes and does the constitution and current events classes. Some days, she does nothing but read, and she loves it! Other days, she's all over the place, with theater, events around town, and lunches and dinners with friends. "I'm as busy as I want to be," she said. "Some days, I just don't want to be!" I believe I neglected to thank Renee for serving as Class Agent for the past three years. She certainly has a lively writing style, which we will miss. Thank you, Renee! Many, many thanks for sending your news and for the kind words about our Class Notes columns. It's a lot of work but well worth it. See you in June at UMW! From Lynne: I was delighted to hear from a few people who have never before submitted news. The other exciting thing is that almost everybody I heard from plans to attend our 50th reunion. It is going to be the best one ever, I think. Sandy and I are well. We did not take any exotic trips last year, but we planned to take a cruise around New Zealand and Australia in February. Patty Cairns Hourin and a high school buddy of ours visited me in New York in October. We did many touristy things but spent much time reminiscing about our years in Virginia. Upon leaving New York, Patty flew to Hawaii to visit son Scott and his family, who live in Haleiwa, on the north shore of Oahu. Judy Saunders Slifer and Eleanore Saunders Sunderland planned to take the 201 1 Grand European Tour on a Viking ship in May to celebrate Judy's return to good health after having multiple myeloma. She is on a maintenance regime, which is going well. She has only a few side effects from the chemo, has gained all of her weight back and more, and loves being outside and active again. Judy and Eleanore had a mini-reunion at her home last summer when Babs Buse Johnson and Sue Butzner Maschino visited after reading about her illness in Class Notes. Eleanore and Judy get together frequently with Linda Taylor Drustrup for dinner or the theater. Polly Updegraff Champ, who also visited Judy last spring, continues her theatrical involvement, recently working wardrobe, dressing the children for the Broadway tour of South Pacific and for Porgy and Bess. Thanks to the Mary Washington theater department, she always receives accolades. They are in Florida for the winter, where Polly has resumed church activities as president of the women's fellowship. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November with a special communion worship service. She plays tennis, walks, co- leads an exercise class, and has been a volunteer for the Delray Beach Police Department for 1 1 years. Janie Riles and Jim Dietz married in October (see reference in Connies section), after being friends for 12 years. They plan to continue their bi-coastal lives between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and San Diego and to come to our reunion in June. Janie continues to lead her watercolor workshop in Cannes, France, and it was great fun and a huge success last summer. Barbara Upson Gravely Welch and Chuck are pilots and fly their plane from Delaware to their other home in the Poconos most weekends. They had a wonderful trip up the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., in September to visit their son. They also visited the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where they met up with Marilyn "Mouse" Messier Whitmore, who is a docent there and plans to attend the reunion. Barbara also spoke to Maria "Bunny" Rogallo Samuels, who told her how Mouse got her nickname, but we'll have to wait until the reunion to find out. Mouse and Bill continue to spend a week each month at their Las Vegas home and to enjoy their 10 grandchildren, who all live in Simi Valley. Kay Slaughter has been in touch with many of our classmates. Last spring, she saw Cynthia Scott Cozewith, her roommate who transferred to Carnegie Tech. Cynthia lives in Houston with husband Charlie and makes beautiful ceramic and metal sculpture. Kay also visited with Judy Kennedy Matthews, who graduated from nursing school at U.Va. and lives with husband John in Martinsville. Suzanne Stafford of Marin County, Calif, who left Mary Washington with Kay to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, visited Charlottesville in April with others from Kay's Carolina sorority Kappa Delta. Suzanne is retired, sings in her church choir, and takes lots of classes and trips. Kay retired in August, amid a slew of fun parties, after 24 years with Southern Environmental Law Center. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation named her 2010 Virginia Conservationist of the Year. She said she was flattered and it was gratifying to receive so many accolades. "It was like being at your funeral, only you're alive to hear the funny stories and the appreciation." Since retirement, Kay has traveled to the Tuscany region of Italy, to leaf-peep in Vermont, and to visit a granddaughter expecting Kay's great-grandson in Kentucky. She plans to be at our 50th, which is also her 50th at UNC and her 25th at U.Va. School of Law. Renee Skinner Wheeler, freshman year roomie of Peggy Howard, said she has read all the class news for years. After sophomore year, she transferred to the Norfolk, Va., branch of the College of William and Mary, which later became known as Old Dominion University. She married her high school sweetheart in 1961, so their 50th is coming up, too. Skip Wheeler retired in 1986 after 27 years as a pilot in the Air Force, then went to work for SRA. The Wheelers moved 17 times in 21 years, and Peggy taught or substituted when she could. They have lived in Springfield, Va., since 1980 and don't intend to move. They have three children - Cheryl Mittelman lives in Bristow, Va., and has three children; Michael, the general manager at Cherokee 5 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Town and Country Club, lives in Atlanta with his two sons; and Jennifer lives in Seattle, where her husband is a vice president at Alaska Airlines, with their two children. Peggy and Skip have a log home at Lake Anna, just outside of Fredericksburg, where they spend most weekends. Her mother will be 96 in April. Pat Scott Peck left her place in Calais, Maine, early last year to oversee a construction project in the basement of her Washington, D.C., duplex. On her way to Miami, she spent the night with Lloyd Tilton Backstrom and Art in Richmond, and Walter Scott, widower of Vaughan Hargroves Scott, joined them for dinner. Pat looks forward to reconnecting with old friends at our reunion. Lynne Wilson Rupert and Jim are grateful to be in good health, as are both of their daughters and their families, and they often get together with their grandchildren. Last year, they traveled to Germany, Austria, and Prague and saw the Oberammergau Passion Play. They live in Temecula, Calif., but continue to get together with the members of their old Simi Valley, Calif., dinner group. Several of them planned to take a South American cruise in January. The Ruperts also travel in their motor home and are out with camping groups most months. Lynne continues to be a member of the American Association of University Women and the Philanthropic Educational Organization. She is busy with book groups, bridge, and volunteering at the library bookstore and in her grandson's second grade class. Katharine Nell Robinson May already has made reservations for our reunion. They enjoy taking classes at the College of William and Mary and spending time with their five grandchildren. They took a riverboat cruise in Europe and visited Canada's capitals in August. Jean Ryan Farrell and Frank stay busy with volunteer work and enjoy their grandchildren, ages 2 to 22. They plan to travel to Vietnam and Singapore, and to Turkey, and to be back in time for our reunion. Patricia Mackey Taylor email@example.com Greetings, ladies. I hope this issue finds you and your family well and happy. Barbara Hauser Scott met Deanne Lohrman O'Neill at their 50th high school reunion in Scotch Plains, N.J. They attended Catholic grammar school, public high school, and Mary Washington together. Barbara still hears from Peggy Hobart Mailer and Barbara Parker Sutton of Virginia, and Terry Carbone Webber of New Jersey. She'd like to reconnect with Marilyn Smith Edmunds, who lived in Florida with husband Charley last time Barbara heard from her. Barbara lost her husband, Bob, in 1988 at the age of 48. They have three sons. Robert, 45, is a professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey and a freelance writer for Disney, and is married to Aundrea, who also is a teacher. Charles, 42, is a surfer, fisherman, and contractor. He and Deb have two children, Gwen, 8, and Drew, 10. Youngest son Steven, 40, is a restaurateur in New York City and Philadelphia, while still holding on to his bachelorhood. Through the years, the family migrated to California but have all returned to the East Coast. Barbara spent a year in Paris and loved every minute of it. She visited 12 countries from her flat, which was located two blocks from the Seine River and overlooked the Eiffel Tower. The history, antiquities, art, and cultures left her breathless. She was revived by the wine, cheese, and baguettes, and by taking French lessons and walking, since Marcia Kirstein Fitzmaurice '62 founded Teal Toes, a nonprofit with the sole purpose of educating the public about ovarian cancer, and she was interviewed about the foundation by NBC. she had no car. After careers in several areas, including real estate, professional fundraising, retail, and business management, she is settling into retirement. She reads, writes, and spends time being a grandma. She emails and would love to hear from classmates, but she is not on Facebook ... yet! Marcia Kirstein Fitzmaurice and husband Ed spent a week in Galway, Ireland, where she met Ed's aunt Teresa, who is still in great form and is the youngest of the 12 children of Ed's Granny Fitz, who died at age 106. They had dinner in Dublin with Sheila Cooper Hanna and husband Fergus, who live about 70 miles north of Rostrevor, a village in County Down in Northern Ireland. Ed and Fergus got along well, while Marcia and Sheila had fun reminiscing about their four years at Mary Washington and their two years as roomies in New York City after graduation. Next, Marcia and Ed headed to Madrid, which was nostalgic for Marcia, who spent her junior year in Spain. She visited many people she's known for 50 years and/or their children and grandchildren. They went through the Thyssen-Bornemisza, a private palace turned art gallery that is near the Prado Museum and houses an amazing collection of paintings. Marcia said she was almost ready for another junior year in Spain; too bad the dollar is so weak. Marcia said it was an exhausting trip. She uses a cane and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists from too much time spent on the keyboard and knitting. She was in the middle of knitting a sweater for son Evan with yarn she purchased in Galway. Marcia founded Teal Toes, a nonprofit with the sole purpose of educating the public about ovarian cancer, and was interviewed about the foundation by NBC in September. Marcia, we all wish you and your family the very best for 2011. It's so good to hear from classmates. We would love to hear how you are doing, where you are, and your plans for the future. Please take time to share your special news in a short email. Anne Radway tiazelda 1 @verizon.net I want to thank all of you who responded to my phone calls and emails and particularly those who responded to the postcard mailing. It was gratifying to hear from classmates who hadn't sent information previously. Please stay in touch, as I enjoy hearing from all of you, particularly those I speak with on the phone. Last fall was busy for Jonathan and me, with a second honeymoon trip to Lake George, N.Y.; a trip to Jonathan's hometown of Brattleboro, Vt., for the fall foliage; and a Thanksgiving filled with family, with my brother and two of my children, and their families, descending on us. As of this writing, we were looking forward to more family at Christmas and a winter with considerably less snow than last year! Jane Gholson Lanham married high school sweetheart Bob in August of 1962, commuted from Fairfax to Fredericksburg for her final semester, and finished Mary Washington in January of 1963. They have three children and five grandchildren, and lived in Vienna in Northern Virginia for many years before moving to Wake Forest, N.C., in December of 2005. Their daughter and her family live nearby, Janet Deal '64 has two certified Havanese therapy dogs that go with her to senior centers, nursing homes, and elementary schools every week. so they often see their youngest grandchildren. Their sons live in High Point, N.C., and Leesburg, Va. Jane quilts and is active in her book club. Barbara "Linkey" Booth Green wrote that Karen Vandevanter Chapman, who was widowed a few years ago, married Kent Morrison at a small family wedding on Whidbey Island, Wash., in August, and took an extensive honeymoon in Scandinavia in the fall. She and Kent were pinned for our first couple years at Mary Washington. Karen still has her house in Rhode Island, but for all practical purposes, she lives on Whidbey Island. Linkey and husband David continue to participate in the International Fellows Program of the U.S. Army War College, where they live in Carlisle, Pa. The officer they recently were sponsoring is from Belgium, and Linkey said that he and his wife are a lot of fun. Linkey has trained her dog, Molly, to do canine freestyle dance. Her group, the Steppin' Woofs, performed for summer reading programs at the Cumberland and York county libraries and were back to UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 CLASS NOTES doing nursing homes in the fall. Maggie, Linkey's shy poodle, was just starting freestyle. Linkey and David, who belong to a Dog Scouts of America troop in Carlisle, had a wonderful troop camping trip in September and were gearing up for Salvation Army bell ringing. "It's amazing how much money we can bring in when we have the dogs ringing the bells!" They also have raised money to donate pet oxygen masks to local fire departments. Linkey is also active in the Newcomers Club and two book groups, and she volunteers at the public library. Barbara Moore Wheeler and husband Jim still enjoy living in the Stonehouse community near Williamsburg. Two of their sons and their families live in the area, so they get to see them often and can attend their grandsons' soccer and football games and school programs. Their oldest son, Randy, is the city manager of Poquoson, Va. Chris is a landscape architect in Smithfield, Va., and Bryan and his family live in Raleigh, N.C. The Wheelers have six grandsons and two granddaughters, who till their lives with love and laughter. Jim was recuperating from his second knee replacement while Barbara organized their church's second Christmas bazaar and served on the community's social activities committee. Betty Caudle Marshall enjoys serving as state president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators that is located in 17 countries. She was busy visiting some of the 107 North Carolina chapters, planning conventions, holding training sessions, and conducting executive board meetings. Betty retired from teaching math in 2005 but continues to do some tutoring. Three of their four children and eight of their grandchildren live in North Carolina, while their youngest child moved last year to Rhode Island. Betty's husband, Tom, has been able to do more painting since retiring, so they have new and colorful paintings on the walls. Betty also wrote that she reconnected with Betsy Bourke Christian when their husbands, Tom and Meade, and several others from their elementary school met for a reunion at Betty's home in Raleigh, N.C. They later visited Betsy and Meade in Chapel Hill. Marilyn Erskine Darnell of Burke, Va., trains horses and riders, as well as dogs, and has two grandchildren in Baton Rouge, La. Sally Granger Daughtrey lives in a golt community in Whispering Pines, N.C, where she works with AARP clients who are filing taxes. She planned to take a Christmas cruise to the Bahamas with her six grandchildren. Sally sometimes sees Linda Voght, a retired teacher, and Leslie Levy Wachs, who is in a choral society in Pinehurst. Sally Sutherland suffered a fall from her horse last March, bringing her lifelong love of Lessons Learned at UMW Drew Alumna to Animation When Sara Bleick '63 played the teacher in the Mary Washington production of Helen Keller, she fell in love with the stage. But the same production led her away from a career in acting. "It became clear that I didn't have the talent," Bleick said. So the theater major focused on her second love - stage production. A gifted artist, Bleick painted sets and assisted set designers. Eventually her er major Sara Bleick '63 acted creative drive led her off the lay at Mary Washington. It and hed hertoward ed a love for the stage and her true calling - animation. With theater undergraduate and graduate degrees in hand - the master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Bleick headed to New York City for work in stage production. An ache for home led her back to her native northern California and more stage production. But everything changed when she was introduced to animation. Mesmerized, she watched and learned. "Animation is all about solving puzzles," Bleick said. "It was fascinating to me." In the late 1 960s, she landed a job with Hanna-Barbera as an animation checker. She fixed errors - like realigning stripes in a shirt or painting missing mouths. Theater major Sara Bleick '63 acted in a play at Mary Washington. It fostered a love for the stage and ''imately led her to a career in "I'd go frame by frame," she said. "Often it was the last chance to get it right." Technology made the job easier. Hanna-Barbera was the first animation company to get a computerized system, and Bleick was first in line for training. Her expertise and experience led her to Universal Cartoon Studios and Disney, where she worked on productions including Clifford's Really Big Movie, Hercules, Runaway Brain, Pocahontas, Animalympics, and the restored version of Lady and the Tramp. In the 1 990s, Bleick got the opportunity to work with special effects, such as flowing rivers, mist, and smoke, for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. "I loved the detail," she said. Her favorite characters to draw were the Smurfs. Bleick's success didn't add up to fame, as an actor's might, but she was content to remain behind the scenes. It was exhilarating, she said, to see her name in the credits. After working on dozens of movies, she retired in 2007 to pursue another form of artistic expression. She now creates short graphic films about politics from her home in Burbank, Calif. Fans find her work on YouTube. Before she retired from the industry, Bleick had to create within the lines of others' concepts and curb her own creativity. Now she has the freedom to write her own scripts, create her own characters, and voice her own films. "Before, I had a narrow place on the assembly line," she said. "Now I have creative freedom to do anything I want. I am enjoying life very much." Bleick has fond memories of the school that set her on the path to this life. Mary Washington, she said, prepared her for her career and more. "Coming from California, it took some adjusting to the South," Bleick said. "It gave me a wonderful chance to grow and bend myself to learn how to get along with people from all walks of life." - Janet Showalter horses to an abrupt pause. She has recovered from surgery for back injuries and five broken ribs and is back to riding and driving horses. She writes a monthly column called "Virginia is for Driving" for the Virginia Horse Journal and continues watercolor painting lessons. Sheryl Gillmor Winkler and her suitemates, who she hadn't seen since 1962, met at the summer home of Judy Ross Flora and husband Ben near Blowing Rock, N.C., in 2009. Judy graduated in 1963, but Mary Frances Pace Herrin transferred to Louisiana State University after our sophomore year. Marjorie Smith Keller was Sheryl's roommate their sophomore and junior years, but Sheryl left Mary Washington in 1962 to attend MCV in Richmond. They had a wonderful time getting re-acquainted and planned to go to New York City in November for three nights of sightseeing, theater, and shopping. Sheryl got remarried in 1997 to Jim Winkler, who died in August of 2008. Finally, on a sad note, Mary Owens Daitz died in October in Corrales, N.M. In what has to be my worst timing ever, I called in the middle of the celebration of Mary's life, held at her home by her friends; her former husband, Ben; her sons, Ian and Tim; and her grandchildren, Mamie and Samantha. A kind and generous friend took the time to talk about Mary's life. She was innkeeper of the Plum Tree Inn in Corrales, a docent at San Isidro Church, a champion skater, and a gourmet cook. Her friend commented that Mary had been "the most supportive person she knew." Victoria Taylor Allen vallen 1 firstname.lastname@example.org Members of the Class of '64 will receive this newsletter long after the holiday season, but I hope that 201 1 will bring each and every member of our class good health and happiness. We received a number of emails from our class. For a group of people who assure me that "nothing much is new," it seems to me as if we are all madly busy, engaged, and as active as ever! I still work at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn., and lecture to adults on literature and on art history at Manhattanville College. My big trip to Ireland in June was wonderful. What great hosts the Irish are! The country was gorgeous, Dublin was pretty and interesting, and the food was good - an unbeatable combination! I planned to travel to the Holy Land in February with a group of friends. I must say, however, that I was a bit nervous and still "iffy" about it, considering the current unrest in that area of the world. Linkey Booth Green y 63 continues to train her two dogs and do canine freestyle dance with the Steppin' Woofs. Patti Jones Schacht and her family enjoyed beautiful weather and had a wonderful summer with visits from some of the 13 grandchildren. They visited museums in Washington, D.C., and crammed in as many genealogical mystery hunts as possible! Patti is as amazed as I am that it is 50th-reunion time for those of us who graduated from high school in 1960. Patti and her husband had planned a trip to Opryland but had to cancel because of the terrible early spring flooding in the area. They plan to travel to Northern Ireland this year for more genealogical work. Patti and I had a great time comparing notes about Ireland, a country we both love for its beauty and its warm, welcoming people. Truly, there are no strangers in Ireland, we both agreed. After teaching English in Massachusetts for 22 years, Janet Deal is married, retired, and living on Long Beach Island, N.J. Her son is married and lives in New York City. Her daughter and her family live in Boston, where Patti enjoys visiting her 6- and 9-year-old grandchildren. Janet loves horse racing and has two certified Havanese therapy dogs that go with her to senior centers, nursing homes, and elementary schools every week! What a worthy endeavor, Janet! Sally Crenshaw Witt told me about Penelope "Pennie" Outten Borchers, who sent an email. Penelope is the special collections librarian at the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She lived abroad for 30 years, first in Switzerland, then Belgium, and later Berlin. She earned her degree at the Free University of Berlin. She and first husband Dietmar had two daughters. The older daughter, Katya, died after a tragic motor vehicle accident in 1991. The younger daughter, Veronika, lives in Manhattan, where she owns her own public relations/celebrity outreach/product placement business. Pennie lives in Alamo Heights, Texas, with Fernando, her significant other of 15 years, and a white bull terrier that keeps things buoyant. She loves photography, travel, and mah-jongg. Betsy Churchman Geary and husband Ray moved to North Carolina in 2007 to be closer to daughter Jill and her family. Jill has four children, and Betsy and Ray felt that she could use some help. Betsy's mom, Elizabeth Churchman, passed away at the age of 100, after a lifetime of good works, such as starting a community scholarship fund that is going strong after more than 50 years. Ray's 95-year-old mother lives with them. What longevity, Betsy! The Geary family motto is "cover the Earth before it covers us." They have traveled to more than 50 countries around the world, seeing places such as the Arctic Circle, French Polynesia, and Australia and New Zealand. Africa and Antarctica are on the "wait list!" With travel and eight grandchildren, the Gearys lead a busy life. I stay in touch with my freshman roommate, Sally Crenshaw Witt. She writes that Diane Dorin Clark, Barbara Humphries Davenport, Sue Parker Burton, Sara Page Cosby Mayo, Helen Vakos Standing, and their husbands were all at Sally's house for dinner in October. Unfortunately, Joanne Crockett Lewis and her husband were unable to come, but the group had a great time at the "mini-reunion," which continued into the next day with a visit to and lunch at the newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A follow-up from Helen tells of the great time had by the group. She and her husband of 45 years still live in Virginia Beach, as do her daughter and son, their spouses, and the grandchildren. They spend winters in Fort Myers, Fla. Helen said they're in the phone directory, so look them up if you're in Florida! Norma Bass Mears had a great time at her 50th high school reunion in Fredericksburg. Since her 2004 retirement, she has enjoyed travel, long lunches with friends, and welcoming more grandchildren. She and daughter Lee Ann were heading to London and Paris this past fall. Lee Ann is assistant director of the U.Va. Hampton Roads Center. She and her husband have two children. Son Don and his wife live in Richmond with their two children, one of whom was born in June! Congratulations, Norma! Don owns Don Mears Photography in Richmond. Norma, we wish your husband good health and a coming year of respite from hospitalization. Ann McCallum Murray enjoys their five acres and the trout stream that runs through their property in Snake River Canyon, Idaho. Ann retired in 2009 from practicing law and is involved with the Rotary in Buhl, Idaho, where she also volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates and serves as webmaster for the Idaho Metal Arts Guild. Ann said that it is essential for people our age to have intellectual stimulation. To that end, she has kept up her Idaho Bar Association membership and plans to go back to work part time. She feels that Mary Washington did a great job preparing her for all sorts of roles in life. Ann wants us to know we are welcome if we get out to Yellowstone. They are only a Ilona Dulaski-Williams '64 played Parthy Hawks in Show Boat at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester, Va. The performances were sold out. 20-minute detour off 1-80, so stop for a visit! Betty Waller continues to teach psychology, tutor students, and work in the library of Bryant & Stratton College, a small, private vocational school in Richmond. Betty loves the academic environment and the opportunity to help students reach their goals. She and Sam travel, attend festivals and concerts, and engage in a variety ot outdoor activities. Betty had lunch with Joyce Liggitt Tollinger, who was in Virginia for a family reunion. Betty said Joyce looks great and has adorable grandchildren. Betty looks forward to Richmond-based reunion events, UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 53 CLASS NOTES so, you Richmond gals, keep planning reunions! great, and it's fun to write up this column. Bear in mind that the news is submitted months before it is printed. The University sends out only one card and email blast per year; I do the rest. So, if you d kindly send me all your information by the next deadline listed in this issue, I'll be sure to add it to our Class Notes. Keep safe, happy, and well. Phyllis Cavedo Weisser email@example.com Life is still good for me here in Atlanta! I stay busy playing tennis and bridge, volunteering with the Dunwoody Woman's Club, and traveling. I returned from the last Jean Klix Luce, my junior and senior year suitemate, and husband Charlie are busier than ever, with Jean's work at the hospital and Charlie's volunteer activities in Florida's Bradenton/Sarasota area. As I write this newsletter, Charlie is working from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the local voting precinct! Jean and her family had a fabulous trip to Cancun, Mexico, last September. They were astounded by the beauty of the beaches and the aquamarine water. Four members ot their group went inland to visit the Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza, and Jean wrote that it is a journey well worth taking. Another day, the group traveled along the coast from Cancun to the walled waterside site of , Tulum. Jean and Charlie JatllCC Helvey RobinSOtl 65 S plan to go back often, cno i r was i nv ited to sing itt since it takes little more , f , than an hour to fly there Manger Square in Bethlehem. from Miami. Jean wishes everyone in our class all the best and says to keep in touch. If you Blue , An 8 els show of the season. are in the Bradenton/Sarasota l ve had \ wonderful three years, area, stop by for a visit. She said touring the country watching my their "doors are always open to old f on P erf °™; and babysitting for friends and we would love to see h j s two children. He and his family i" planned to head to Lemoore, Calif., in February for his next assignment. Sharon Belknap Brown This thrills my daughter, Ashley, writes that retirement is great who lives less than three hours from because you're free to do whatever! where they will be. She had her She still does some substitute first child in September and looks teaching. She and John love to go forward to having him close to his to Virginia Tech football games, cousins. It looks like I'll be chalking travel, attend family gatherings, up lots more miles on Delta for and enjoy leisure time. They have trips to see them all! three wonderful daughters and two grandchildren, who by the time . Patty Boyette Taavoste retired you read this, will be about 5 and 1 . f rom teachin g m , ath , afte , r 30 y ears in New Jersey schools, the past 27 Ilona Dulaski-Williams at Ridge High School in Basking played Parthy Hawks in Show Ridge. She and husband Heino Boat at the Shenandoah Summer were debating whether to stay in Music Theatre in Winchester, Va. Bedminster or relocate. Heino, who The show was sold out and the has had Lyme disease for more experience was fabulous. It was one than three years, has good and bad of the best shows Ilona's done in days, and is unable to do many her many years since graduating of the things they used to enjoy, from Mary Washington. She including just taking long walks still does Spanish and English on the beach. They spent nearly a television and radio commercials week with Penny Partridge Booth for MediaForce PR. She also has in Holly Springs, N.C., touring the sung in a number of operas with Raleigh area with her guidance. her trio, the Cantati Ensemble. In Penny's daughters, Lisa and Tricia, November, they sang at the Cafe and their wonderful families were Italia Ristorante in Arlington, Va. there the night they arrived, so they all enjoyed lots of fun and laughter. Patty has begun several regular tutoring jobs and, with Penny's encouragement, is starting some new craft projects. Classmates, please don't be modest about writing your news! Each of us leads a different life, and we love hearing your updates. We are a wonderful group of interesting and well-educated women. Keeping in touch is to Paris after her second year at Mary Washington but has fond memories of her time there. She has had a colorful life as an art student, dancer, actress, nurse, and now a child and adolescent psychotherapist, after many years as a women's health nurse practitioner. She lives in Kauai with her husband of 43 years, still hula dances, teaches modern dance and yoga, and attempts to paint scenes from the island. Jere's daughter has produced two beautiful grandchildren and plans to move her family to Spain. Jere's son lives on Kauai but plans to relocate to Las Cruses, N.M. He is responsible for another grandchild; this one plans to become a nurse. 'fi/i Katharine Rogers Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org I have joined Facebook and reconnected with many of you, several former students, some high school classmates, quite a few relatives, and friends from all over. I have also joined the 21st century by setting up Skype to tutor young friends and family members who don't live close. I still love math! My littlest granddaughters in North Carolina enjoy Skype for fun and for doing homework, and I'm only too glad to respond. In addition to church music, year-round Pentagon Sailing Club activities, senior bowling league, tutoring, and gardening, Hank and I enjoy as many of our grandkids' activities as possible. We interrupted our routine to travel to San Diego for a lovely Lavery beach wedding in July and to visit my California cousins. I plan to attend our 45th reunion in June and heartily (and financially) support the endowment fund for the student stipend mentioned in Jere Maupin Graham said "aloha from Hawaii." She moved Bobby Barrett Crisp writes that she thought the 45th reunion, especially the Friday night function at TruLuv's on the Rappahannock River, was wonderful. It truly was an event to remember, seeing old friends, making new ones, and now dreaming of our 50th. She hopes everyone will attend and visit her hometown of Fredericksburg. She's lived in Stafford County, Va., most of her life except for some time she spent in Alabama and California. Joan Cuccias Patton '66 Janice Helvey hosted her daughter's wedding Robinson is thrilled at nome ' m October, with to have a new , granddaughter! The family and friends from all baby joins an 11 and over f ne country present. a 3 -year old and makes three grandchildren for them. Janice's daughter got the following paragraph. I sincerely remarried two years ago to a guy ho P e Y ou wil1 J oin us! she knew all through school. Their Barbara "Bobbi" Bishop re-acquaintance was through Mann hflS been worki hard to a combination of high school add tQ the M of classmates t0 reunion and Facebook and is a invite tQ Qur 45th New additions great love story! Janice s choir was indude Barbara Ann Enders invited to sing in Manger Square Hughes, Gloria Langley Parker, in Bethlehem, so they were to Kathy Gelscleichter Rottiers, and head to Israel in late December Linda Broyles mhon Welcome and also visit Egypt. Husband tQ « the Mr ladies , 0ur Reunion Rob was recovering well from Committee consists of co-chairs a hip replacement. He is truly Lee Enos Kd , and Jana Privette a bionic man at this point! Lee v £ileen Goddard Albrigo and Smith Musgrave s daughter, Lisa Kathleen Goddard Moss (Friday Ryan Musgrave-Bonomo 90 was night dinner), Linda Spangler awarded tenure at Rollins College Berkheimer (slide show), and Joan in Winter Park, Fla., where she is an Cucdas patton> Mary Morrjs assistant professor of philosophy Bishop Pamda Ward HugheS) Ann Moser Garner s husband, cherryI wdls Brumf ieldi Pat Clarence, was recovering from Lewars Pace Anne c , tt> and major surgery and had been in a Bobbj Jana and Lee are trying rehabilitation facility t0 establish a class endowment Please keep sending your news. fund in the name of our beloved If you're not getting emails from class sponsor, George Van Sant, to me, it's because I don't have your provide a stipend for professors to address' °^ er t0 selected students. Dr. Van Sant is excited about the possibility of such a worthy cause coming to fruition. We need to have pledges 54 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 totaling $25,000 payable over five years in order to establish the endowment. Any pledges made to the fund will count toward our class donation total, which will be tallied during Reunion Weekend. Bobbi also works with the Virginia Education Association. In early October, she chaired a committee to coordinate the Central Virginia regional conference for VEA-Retired. Several speakers were followed by "techie" demos for iTouch, Droid, digital picture frames, and Skype. After the conference, Bobbi relaxed a bit and organized another Mary Washington Lunch Bunch gathering at Fredericksburg's Capital Ale House in late October. Nine ladies were expected to be present: Bobbi, Anne Clagett, Jana Privette Usry, Joan Cuccias Patton, Lois Rucker Scott, Sheila Denny Young, Tyla Matteson, Pam Kearney Patrick, and UM Ws director of alumni relations, Cynthia Snyder '75. Sheila Denny Young of Fredericksburg lost husband Phil in February of 2010. Sheila has two small grandchildren and was looking forward to traveling to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with her son-in-law's family. Joan Cuccias Patton finally decided to retire from her math teaching career so she can travel more. She spent most of the summer visiting family in Mississippi, California, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, then hosted her daughter's wedding at home in October, with family and friends from all over the country present. Pam Kearney Patrick brought news of Peggy Beeler Burns, who visited while staying with son Jay's family in Alexandria, Va. Peggy adores her granddaughter, Jessica, and visits as often as possible. Pam also mentioned that our noted artist classmate, Carol Bingley Wiley, had a great recent assignment in Africa, traveling with Pam Ward Hughes to advise on curricula at American schools, check out art galleries, and research favorite artists. Tyla Matteson and her husband continue their involvement with the Sierra Club. They were scheduled to travel to Cancun, Mexico, in December to join the club delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Eileen Goddard Albrigo is a grandmother of eight! Todd and Carrie have four boys and a girl. In September, Kevin and Molly had twin boys, little brothers to the couple's 5-year old. In October, daughter Liz was married in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the beach on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the family's favorite vacation spot. After the wedding, Liz and Chris moved from Denver back to Virginia, close to the rest of the family. Eileen is retired and still trying to figure out how she ever had time to work! Jana Privette Usry, despite her current aggressive battle with breast cancer, remains amazingly active with her mediation services in Richmond courts and her singing with the One Voice Chorus, which promotes diversity and racial reconciliation in its policies and music. Their November concert featured all Broadway music, with selections from West Side Story, South Pacific, and Show Boat highlighting the resolution of ethnic and racial conflict. Jana also is chairman of the UVa. Club of Richmond's schools committee, which held a party for all incoming members of the Class of 2014 from the Richmond area. Among the 165 attendees was Virginia's First Family, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, his wife, and one of their twins, both of whom are in the incoming class. Sandra Hutchison Schanne enjoyed a brief trip to the Denver area to visit daughter Amy's family. Grandson Layne was the major attraction, as she sees her three Texas grandchildren and her three Virginia grandchildren more often. In October, Sandra suffered through a long, confusing stint of jury duty on a personal injury case in Fairfax County, Va. It dragged on longer than expected and was difficult to adjudicate, but it satisfied the jurors' civic responsibilities for a few years. Susan Roth Nurin is thinking of retiring from teaching Spanish in Annapolis, Md., so she can return home to New York City. Susan and her brother moved their 97-year- old mother into an assisted living facility north of the city near her brother's home and Susan likes to visit as often as possible. Son Justin, 31, is engaged to be married and daughter Tamara, 37, has a serious boyfriend. But, Susana laments, she has no married children and no grandchildren yet. She joined Facebook and invites you all to find her there before she comes to our reunion. Winnie Woodson Stribling and husband Brad retired, but she continues to work part time with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in California. She serves Sally Albrecht Brennan traveled in September with her Fabulous Four suitemates: Carol Pettigrew Hallman, Julie Bondurant Freeman, and Prentiss Davies. Their annual trip turned historic, with stops at Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harper's Ferry, plus two nights at Carol's home in Great Falls, Va. Carol was in the middle of packing for her move to Orange, Va. All four ladies plan to attend our reunion in June. Nancy Shackelford Jones moved from New York's Manhattan to her home in Manakin Sabot, Va. The move marks the completion of her volunteer work at the Cloisters Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brick Church, and as regent of the DAR's New York City chapter. Throughout the next two years, Nancy plans to continue as president general of the Colonial Dames of America, concentrating on the group's goals of historic preservation, education, and scholarship. Winnie Woodson Stribling '66 serves on a preschool assessment team that helps determine if youngsters qualify for special education. on a preschool assessment team that helps determine if youngsters qualify for special education. Winnie also directs the handbell choir at her church. Daughter Sarah graduated summa cum laude with a major in religious studies from Humboldt State University and is a graduate student at Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. Winnie is eager to attend our reunion and hopes to reconnect with Ann Martin Allen, Sandy Pearson DAcunto, and Eleanor Mcjilton. Mary Kathryn Rowell and husband Charlie enjoy retired life and playing golf. They accepted a friend's invitation to spend most of January in sunny Naples, Fla. Mary Kathryn continues to volunteer at Woodlawn Plantation with Nelly's Needlers and invites us to attend their annual needlework exhibit and stay for lunch, when she proudly becomes a Colonial waitress each year. Ginny Bateman Brinkley and husband Bill enjoyed a lovely August visit at their Florida lake house with Rick and Kathy Fowler Bahnson. Rick and Kathy were on a "celebrating Rick's retirement" tour, and there was much fun, laughter, and reminiscing. In October, Ginny and Bill flew to Seattle for another memory-filled and memory-making weekend with Roger and Ryan Stewart Davis. Ryan's home is close to Whidbey Island, Wash., where Ginny's Navy flight officer grandson is stationed, and they spent a day with him there. Ginny described Ryan's new town of Port Townsend, Wash., as a "storybook, hippie-like little place" that they all fell in love with. Ginny and Bill have 13 grandchildren, including the addition of three new babies. Son Scott and his wife in Tampa, Fla., had a baby girl in September. Twin boys were born to Bill Jr. and his wife in Huntsville, Ala. Mila Grace, Marc, and Broc all are growing beautifully and adored by the entire family. Ginny finished the manuscript she unearthed while closing out her deceased uncle's place last year and had his intriguing science fiction story published. She promises to bring copies to our reunion. Patty Bergin Bergman also lives in the Seattle area, a few hours from Port Townsend. She spends most of her time working out at the YMCA, doing yoga, cardio, strength training workouts, and spinning to keep in shape. Her youngest daughter was married in Seattle in July but has lived and worked in the mining business in Australia since her 2007 graduation from Colgate University. The wedding guest list included 20 Australians, all six of Patty's children and their families, East Coast relatives, Megan's Colgate friends, and some local friends. Since Megan's husband is Australian and they live in Sydney, Patty must rely on email and Skype to stay in touch. Another daughter lives nearby with her three children, while her husband is on duty with his reserve unit in Afghanistan, giving Patty ample opportunity to attend soccer games, help drive the children to lessons and practices, and generally be on standby. Most of Patty's travels are to visit her children, who are scattered around the world. In addition to the one who lives UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 55 CLASS NOTES close by and the one who lives in Australia, one lives in Denver but works in Alaska; one is in Belgium; one is in Texas; and another one is in San Diego. Patty plans to attend our reunion in June. Cathe Cantwell Luria of Gig Harbor, Wash., is a family nurse practitioner/psychiatrist. She sings, and she and her husband belong to an active group of English country dancers, giving them opportunities for travel. In August, they spent 10 days in Portland, Ore., with their daughter's family, during a pretend retirement, enjoying their two small grandchildren. Cathe volunteered in her daughter's ESL class and assisted with hands-on science lessons. It was delightful watching the "newest English speakers in fifth grade" get excited about their first science kits and seeing how the enthusiasm sparked better language development. Cathe's 50th high school class reunion is coming up, so she plans to join us next time at UMW for our 50th. Betsy Chappelear Tryon celebrated her birthday with a three-day stay in Las Vegas. Daughter Maureen and granddaughter Maddy traveled with her and they found many kid-friendly things to do. Their room in the Bellagio overlooked the musical fountains. They attended The Lion King musical and found a restaurant that specializes in chocolate. Who could complain about chocolate pizza topped with marshmallows? What a birthday! Nancy Alford Newell spent two months last summer vacationing in their Montana mountain home in a "heavenly place called McLeod," halfway between Bozeman and Billings, and about an hour and a half from Yellowstone. Nancy returned to reality in Virginia in October. Mickey Black Kapa proudly announced her reentry to acting after a 40-year hiatus, landing a part in Swift Creek Mill Theatre's production of The Foreigner. Mickey played innkeeper Betty Meeks in 23 performances in Colonial Heights, Va. Congratulations, Mickey! Nancy McDonald Legat email@example.com I continue to enjoy retirement with my husband. We spend lots of time with our three daughters and their husbands, and our seven grandchildren. We are active at our church, and I mentor at a nearby elementary school and volunteer at a charity thrift store and food bank. I also enjoy writing and making note cards. Jacqueline C. Rueff Wingert retired after 40 years in special education. She and John live outside Syracuse, N.Y., but plan a permanent move to Aurora, Maine, where they bought a farmhouse and barn built in 1805. Christine Brooks of Vienna, Va., retired after 42 years and loves it. She still wakes up early but can take long walks as soon as it's light outside, and when she gets home, she can actually read the paper. She joined a small writing group and enjoys living at a slower pace. She hasn't felt this relaxed since living in India as a child and feels lucky that she could afford to retire. Last but not least, her cat loves having her home. Ann Dalby Cole is happily retired in Albuquerque, N.M., Alexis Ball Smith '67 and husband Walter have a beef cattle farm in eastern Orange County, Va., near Lake Anna. after a long career in medical technology, which included supervisory, managerial, lab tech, and medical sales jobs, plus MBA school, with a few detours along the way. She lived in the Orlando, Fla., area for 18 years; in St. Paul, Minn., for 13 years; and has been in Albuquerque for 11 years. Partner Rudie passed away in 2005 and Ann still maintains a family relationship with Rudie's sisters and nephews. Last Christmas, 10 of them stayed in her house. She plays duplicate bridge and lots of golf, sings in two choruses, and hangs out and travels with her BFF. Since retiring at age 60, she has been to Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and all over the western United States. She got her real estate license, and she pet-sits, mystery shops, and paints houses. Alexis Ball Smith and husband Walter have a beef cattle farm in eastern Orange County, Va., near Lake Anna. She retired in 2007 after nearly 40 years in education in Orange. She was a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, and central office curriculum director, and she said that Mary Washington prepared her well. She received her master's degree from UVa. in 1992. When she received her UMW directory, she was excited to finally get contact information for her freshman- and sophomore-year roommate, Rhetta Spoonts Yount! Turns out, Rhetta lives in South Carolina, not too far from Lex's first grandchild, and she hopes they can get together. Meg Livingston Asensio firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Marett Disosway email@example.com I'm writing these notes in November, with Thanksgiving almost here and Christmas around the corner. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, as it will be spring before you read this. Barbara Marks Poppleton, Jane Jackson Woerner, Martha Pickard Zink '70, and I gathered last November at Barbara's beautiful home in St. Augustine, Fla. Unfortunately, Jane had to leave to attend the funeral of an uncle in Virginia but managed to return before the end of the visit. We visited historical sites in St. Augustine, shopped, and caught up on what's going on in each other's lives. I don't believe we ever ran out of things to talk about. Linda Huff Alderson, Bonnie Page Hoopengardner, and Karen Kilgore Ralston planned to attend the mini-reunion sorely missed, but we plan to get together again before the next UMW reunion in 2014. Catherine O'Connor Woteki, recipient of UMW's 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award, was confirmed by the Senate in September to be the USDA's undersecretary for research, education, and economics. Catherine served from 1997 to 2001 as the first under secretary for food safety. Since then, she has served as Iowa State University's dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition. Most recently, she was global director of scientific affairs at Mars, a multinational food and confectionary company headquartered in McLean, Va. Catherine majored in biology and chemistry at UMW She received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park's human nutrition management education program. Lucy Bowles Wayne's book Sweet Cane: The Architecture of the Sugar Works of East Florida, chronicling the history of the Florida sugar industry from the late 1700s, was published last year. The industry flourished for decades, but by January of 1836, it was devastated by Native American attacks during the Second Seminole War intended to rid the Florida frontier of settlers, and the industry never regained the same level of importance. Lucy studied art history at Mary Washington and earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. She is vice president/ archaeological and architectural historian principal at SouthArc in Gainesville, Fla. Connie Hinson of Kilmarnock, Va., sings with the Chesapeake Chorale in the fall and with the Rappahannock but ended up with other commitments. Linda's husband, Sandy, was hired as the general manager for the New York Mets, so she had to attend several related functions during our reunion. She's excited about moving to New York, since daughter Cate lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. There's nothing like being close to the grandchildren! Bonnie had family commitments, and Karen was enjoying a family vacation in Mexico. They were A book by Lucy Bowles Wayne '69, Sweet Cane: The Architecture of the Sugar Works of East Florida, chronicling the history of the Florida sugar industry from the late 1700s, was published last year. Choral Society in the spring. The 100-participant Chesapeake Chorale presented three performances in three counties last December, with the proceeds donated to local school music programs. The 35- to 50-woman 5 6 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 Rappahannock chorus was to present one concert, in conjunction with the Northern Neck Big Band, in May. Connie traveled some last year, attending a niece's wedding in Jamaica in January and spending a week with family in Kitty Hawk, N.C., in August. Gloria Shelton Gibson spent long weekends last summer with friends at Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina, a few days with girlfriends in the mountains outside of Galax, Va., and some time with friends at Beech Mountain, N.C. She said she is lucky to have friends who invite her to these great locations. Gloria also visits her parents in Danville, Va., every month or so. Claudia Stell Hawks retired in 2009 after 24 years of teaching AP English literature at Nansemond- Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Va. She received her master's degree in education from U.Va. in 1970, worked in speech therapy for three years, and then went back to earn her graduate hours in English. For many years, she traveled the country to grade the national AP English literature exam. She married Jimmy in 1970, when he was also at U.Va. He practiced law and is a circuit court judge in Portsmouth, Va., where they live. They have three children. Carney, 36, lives in Greenwich, Conn.; Ned, 34, lives in Washington state; and Lindsay, 22, is a senior art major at George Mason University. Claudia has three grandchildren, ages 2, 4, and 5, who live in Greenwich. She loves retirement and plans to do nothing worthwhile in the future. She has promised to come to our next reunion. Connie Cline Bukzin and husband Mitch attended son Jay's marriage to Tiffany Sotelo in Santa Barbara, Calif., last October. It was a small wedding, but the couple had a party with East Coast friends upon their return to Virginia. Jay is a private practice oral surgeon and Tiffany is a urologist at George Washington University Hospital. Connie and Mitch are delighted that Tiffany has become part of the family. Please let me hear from you. It's fun to find out what our fellow classmates have been doing. Our lives seem to become fuller and more interesting as we get older. We are definitely an active group, so tell us about your accomplishments, hobbies, travels, families, and anything else you think we should know. Carole LaMonica Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Ted and I were looking forward to a Thanksgiving visit from his daughter and her family. Please send news. We'd like to hear what y'all are doing! Ellen Grace Jaronczyk's husband, Bob, passed away in October. Bob was diagnosed with cancer before they attended our class reunion last June, but they did not share that news with anyone. There was hope that he could beat it until last fall. On Natalie }. Belle '76 earned a graduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, completed medical school and surgical residency at U. Va., and has an academic practice in Ohio. behalf of all of our classmates, I offer our sincere condolences to Ellen and her family. Brenda Jennings Louthian took her grandsons, Richard, 8, and Trent, 5, to Fredericksburg last July. They visited the George Washington Birthplace National Monument and George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, and the boys enjoyed a Civil War reenactment that included the firing of a cannon. They were impressed that the Civil War re-enactors wore wool uniforms on a hot and humid summer day in Virginia. Brenda was impressed by UMW's new walkway over U.S. 1. Suzanne, studies book art in graduate school at the University of Alabama, where she teaches an undergraduate course with another professor. Karen Laino Giannuzzi kapitankLl email@example.com Sherry Rutherford Myers firstname.lastname@example.org Dennis and I continue to stay on the go. My new legal assistant job is going well, and it's a pleasure to still learn something new every day. We attended the wedding of the daughter of David and Cheryl Prietz Childress at Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. It was a stunning affair and Thea made an exquisite bride. Son Alex made a handsome usher and we all got a bit misty-eyed when he escorted Cheryl to her seat. We felt honored to be at the table with the bride's parents, as they've always viewed us as "honorary family." Welcoming Thea's husband, Eric, into the family was a genuine pleasure. What a nice guy! The boating trips and Colonial reenactments were on hold through the winter, so things were a bit quieter for Cheryl and Dave. We planned to visit them during Thanksgiving weekend. Sherrie Mitchell Boone and John are doing fine in Roanoke. Sherries daughter, Leighanne, and husband Scott spent some time at the Colorado condo with daughters Anna, 4, and Molly, 2. Sherries son, Trey, came back from a three-month trip to Asia and returned to British Columbia before meeting up with the family Last March, Martha Veasey Sawyer and husband Roger celebrated their ninth anniversary with a trip to Asheville, N.C. They stayed at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, toured Biltmore Estate, shopped in Historic Biltmore Village, and had dinner at Red Stag Grill. (Ted and I have season passes to Biltmore Estate and love visiting and dining there.) Martha's stepdaughter, Sherry Rutherford Myers '72 and Dennis attended the wedding of the daughter of David and Cheryl Prietz Childress '72 at Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. in Colorado. Trey was headed to Pittsburgh to work on his doctorate in philosophy of time and science, and Sherrie is thrilled to have him back in the same time zone. She and John also spend time in Hyattsville, Md., with John's daughter, Kate, her husband, Scott, and their children, ages 1 and 3. Sherrie and John say it's fun having grandchildren ages 1, 2, 3, and 4. They took an August beach trip for John's mother's 90th birthday. Mary Saunders Williams again hosted a group, including Sherrie, Nancy Mahone Miller, Brenda Franklin, Terri Hall Alford, and Shirley Harris Sutton, for beach week. Shirley planned to host everyone again this fall, and Sherrie was disappointed that she couldn't go due to a high volume of piano- tuning work. The "girls" always have a wonderful, nostalgic time at the mini-reunions and say its easier to reconnect with the children grown. In closing, I hope everyone had a good 2010 and a happy holiday season. Let us pray for a prosperous 20 11. Until next time... Debby Reynolds Linder email@example.com Sid Baker Etherington firstname.lastname@example.org Suzy Passarello Quenzer email@example.com Armecia Medlock firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Salter ahsalter@bresnan .net Dear friends, I hope you all are well. I think of you often. Many of you are aware that our 35th reunion will be in June. As I submitted this entry in November, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to attend, but I hope many of you will consider coming. Reunions are a lot of fun, and I enjoyed our 25th in 2001. I am thankful tor my Mary Washington friends who wrote and sent condolences upon the death of my father on April 11, 2010. Many of us have aging parents, and it is difficult to muddle through such times, but many of us also are blessed with siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. The older I get, the more I realize how special Mary Washington friends are, and I wish I could visit each of you. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 CLASS NOTES Through the wonders of technology, I have discovered Facebook! It is an amazing and quick way to stay in touch, and our school has a huge online presence. In the past year, I've "friended" many Mary Washington alums from our class and others. News from recent months is summarized below. As many of you know, I still battle chronic fatigue and immune deficiency syndrome. Fortunately, my patient husband, Alan, helps me so much. My mother lives close by in Grand Junction, Colo., and we cook, paint, read, and shop together when possible. My stepchildren are doing well. Jeff received his master's degree in chemistry from Montana State University last year and teaches high school chemistry in Salt Lake City. His wife, Elise, works for JetBlue, and their children, Joshua (11), Grant (7), and Lauren (5) play soccer. My stepdaughter, Rachele, completed nursing school in 2006 and is a recovery room nurse in Denver. Natalie J. Belle completed medical school and surgical residency at U.Va. and has an academic practice in Ohio. She earned a graduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, which led to her decision to apply to medical school at the ripe old age of 45. She teaches and flies her little airplane around, taking care not to hit the KeyBank building in Cleveland. North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has preached, taught, and led a women's retreat. Karen has searched diligently to find two of her roommates, Judith Martens Staples and Margaret Spragins, to no avail. If you know how to reach either, please let me know and I'll contact Karen. She emails with her French House roommate, Alison Cross Denier, who lives in Colorado, and she hears from Faythe Calandra, another French House resident, every Christmas. On another sad note, Karen's father passed away in January of 2010. Rebecca Reames lost her mother in September. During the fall, Becky was on sabbatical from her position as associate professor of music at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam near the Canadian border. Since our last reunion, she took her choir to China and visited Italy. Now, if I could just get her to visit Colorado. Judy Clark Hays's son, William, studies dentistry at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Daughter Hannah studies at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Judy is a part-time librarian for the local school district in Cary, N.C. We talk on the phone frequently but haven't seen each other since 2003, when Judy, Dan, and the children visited Colorado. Patti Jo Anderson "friended' me on Facebook. She is a project manager for Verizon Wireless Sandra Nelson Smith earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee in j an Biermami > 76 heads tne Knoxville, married an engineer, and education and health promotion moved to Seattle, department, educating mothers- where she is a librarian for the to-he, with the March of Dimes. King County Library System. She and her husband have three and loves to read on her Kindle. children. Stuart teaches English in She planned an October 10, Korea, Thyra attends law school in 2010 (10/10/10) wedding for New York City, and Lee lives and daughter Lauren Grose and Tyler works in the university district, Pasake. Patti Jo's entire family, where he isn't going to school including husband David Grose but is having fun! Sandra and her and daughter Kaitlynn Grose, husband enjoy outdoor activities, celebrated. In learning about PJ's mostly sailing in the San Juan and activities, I've been in touch with Gulf Islands. Sadly, Sandra's father her sister, Cynthia Anderson passed away in 2003, and her Schmidt '79, and their mother, mother needs her help from time Helen Anderson. to time. . Fellow music majors Perrie Karen Sullivan Iseman and Arnold Carrow and Suzanne husband Ron are retired and live Hawkins Stephens stay in in northern Alabama, between touch through Facebook. Perrie Huntsville and Birmingham. Karen works for New Castle County is a certified lay speaker in the in Wilmington, Del., providing reference services at the library and maintaining special collections. Perrie and Bob have been married for more than 25 years and enjoy their children, Bill and Christine. Sadly, Perrie lost her mother-in-law last spring. Suzanne lives in Long County, Ga., with husband Jack and their two daughters, Emily and Linda. For you music majors who remember Roger Bailey, I also found him on Facebook. He lives in Kingsport, Tenn., and directs a professional choir. Susan Still Protich's son, Sam, graduated from UMW last year! Her daughter, Mary Protich Dell, has two boys, Phinneaus and Atticus. Susan retired as an art teacher for Newport News Public Schools. She emails with roommate Laura Macomber Cowan, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area with husband Mark; daughter Mattie, 25; and son Travis, 18. The following news was submitted in August of 2007 but was not published. I am not sure why. Consequently, I am resubmitting my news below, with updates where possible. Myra McCord Lovelace still works in the chemical industry in Fulshear, Texas. She has two daughters and a stepdaughter. Relocation seems unlikely, since husband Jim moved from the oil service business to an international chemical firm. He continues to travel overseas and Myra joined him on a trip to Germany and Austria. Helen French Thornton Branch retired in 2005 but is one of those people who just can't stop working. She continues the work she did for more than 20 years with problem populations, provides counseling and other services to women in a long-term transitional housing program, and continues to work with victims of domestic violence and is writing a book for their use. Helen has two grandsons, CJ and Avery. Sir Henry, her dog, continues to manage the household in Peachtree City, Ga. Lundy Baker Updike and Lois Brown '41 have become friends. Lois lives nearby and Lundy helped her with her Class Notes for this issue. Lundy 's second son, Jim, a sophomore at UMW, is veering from history „ , . ... ,_, to computer sciences. Mary Ann Kalafat Wray 76 He lived in Mason his an ^ husband Tim live in freshman year and is __, TJ . , ., . now "down the hill" in Vienna, Va., where Mary Ann Marshall. Sam, Lundy 's practices psychotherapy for oldest, is set to graduate r ^ • r. in May from vcu with Kaiser Permanente. a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater/lighting design. ., „ . .. , 1T P P . i j j Meg Costello reminds us His summer experiences included ., , , °. , , tTTA/r , Ar ..i ., „ r .. , • n r that she started at UMW with the Operatestival in Rome; lexas, .i ~i c ^-> a a ^ a ^ -ij ■ r. 1 t-. the Class ot 73 and graduated the musical drama in Palo Duro mi. «.i_ r-\ c-,, cu with the Class or 76. She enjoys wandering in the woods with her dog and scouting for blue heron. For the past three years, she has completed triathlons, and she swims from May until November Lundy found Debbie Dawson in the lake near her house. She Troy, a radiologist who lives in the presented a paper in June of 2007 Pittsburgh area with Phil, whose at the Conference of the Working law specialty covers several states. Class Studies Association in St. Son William was prepping for Paul, Minn. Meg earned a master's college, and daughter Kris would degree in communications, live at the stables with her horse if specializing in workplace conflict she could! management, and that keeps the path of her life varied. Despite Jane Reese-Coulbourne was living in Massachusetts for more named executive director of the than half her life, she said that Reagan-Udall Foundation. The home is still where her mot her nonprofit, created by Congress lives in weste rn Maryland. She to help the FDA enhance often thinks about the plated regulatory science capabilities woodpeckers that hammered and to convene public/private away at the trees along tne stream partnerships, was awarded a behind duPont, but mostly she grant from the Bill & Melinda thinks of the wonderful friends Gates Foundation. she made at Mary Washington. Canyon, Texas; and an internship in project design in Madison, Wis. Tom, Lundy 's youngest, is a high school sophomore and plays his tenor sax every chance he gets. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 Meg returns to Fredericksburg to visit Molly Jones '75, sister of Madelin Jones Barratt and one of three Jones sisters to graduate from Mary Washington. Molly is mentor/godmother to Meg's Aizen, who lives and works in New York City. While working near Burlington, Vt, Meg enjoyed several meals with Matt Welz '03, who studied math in the University of Vermont's graduate program. On a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., Meg stayed with Mary Moody Kress, who started in the Class of '73, received a degree in journalism from VCU, retired as financial editor of the Jacksonville newspaper, and delights in barrel race competition. Meg sends greetings of peace to each of you. Margaret "Fred" Brown Douglas lives in Ashland, Va., which she says is a hidden treasure. "It's very much like the 1950s still in Ashland, in all the most positive ways. When you get sick, neighbors bring a pot of chicken soup and the Fourth of July parade comprises kids on bicycles with playing cards pinned to their spokes. We love it!" Fred lives in an old home adjacent to Randolph-Macon College with husband Jack. In 2001, she finished a George Washington University program in landscape design, which she practices with Jack, a landscape architect. They design commercial, residential, and municipal projects on the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. Fred also continues to do part-time management consulting for the Navy. Jack is an adjunct faculty member at U.Va's School of Architecture. Fred's daughter, Lucy Mears, graduated from the College of William and Mary and was completing the Master's International Program at George Mason University, spending 27 months in the Peace Corps. Jack's daughter, Courtney, lives in Italy and manages a Tuscan villa. His son, Hurt, lives and works in Asheville, N.C. Mary Ruth Burton of Richmond still operates her seven-person consulting firm, Burton-Fuller Management, which provides organizational development, executive coaching, and training services to companies in Virginia and across the country. Mary Ruth's daughter majored in international political science and sociology at Christopher Newport University, where she was in student government and a sorority. Mary Ruth's son majored in Alumna's Devotion to Public Health Pays Off in Africa In 1 976, Lisa Nichols '80 had it all planned out. She wanted to attend Mary Washington because of its small size and proximity to her Richmond home, so she applied nowhere else. She wanted to work in the U.S. Congress, so she studied political science, interned, and became a legislative aide to Sen. Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa. Her rise to program director of a U.S.-sponsored health project in Mali, Africa, more than 30 years later wasn't in the plan. But it does illustrate how an education that encourages broad-mindedness and diverse experience prepares you to change your life - and the lives of others. While working for Hayakawa, Nichols was inspired by Peace Corps volunteers returning from abroad."! was interested in doing something completely different, something that had the potential to contribute to someone else's path in life," she said. She left her job in the Senate, and, in 1 982, joined the Peace Corps to teach high school English in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the African drought of 1985, she went back to the continent with a nongovernmental international organization to provide emergency food relief. "I was eager to return because, when I left, I felt I hadn't finished the challenge," Nichols said. "Every day is different. The environment is very complex, so the challenges are sometimes enormous and yet sometimes very subtle." Now in Mali, Nichols, 52, maneuvers through the political system and foreign language of the former French colony for Abt Associates, a social science research company contracted by USAID Mali. She manages a $22 million budget and four subcontractor organizations with 60 employees, 59 of whom are Malian. She meets with Ministry of Health and other officials to discuss obstacles to and strategies for improving public health in every region of the country. Nichols' project works to facilitate vaccination, better nutrition, malaria prevention, family planning, and more. It focuses on women's health, a key factor in changing the course of a country's development. Though she didn't pursue the career she'd originally planned, her Mary Washington education gave political science major Lisa Nichols '80 the foundation she needed to excel in her role as program director of a U.S.-sponsored health project in Africa. "It's fulfilling to see the maternal mortality rate and the infant mortality rate going down," Nichols said. In her career, Nichols has worked in Cambodia, Haiti, and a host of other countries. She became fluent in French and briefly returned to the United States to earn a master's degree in public health. "I always say that I stopped planning my life once I finished the Peace Corps and just went through the doors that were opened to me," Nichols said. "So, in effect, international development and public health chose me." Mary Washington gave Nichols policy background that helped her understand and address the complex issues involved in public health, and it also nurtured her passion for it. Nichols said the expectations of her professors helped her learn to think on her feet, be creative, and be able to negotiate in diverse environments. "At Mary Washington, you were asked to defend your opinion, articulate in your own words what you had read, and draw your own conclusions ... to go beyond just learning the facts," Nichols said. "I can say I was pretty narrow " my thinking about what I wanted to do in life, ~ut, thankfully, my UMW education helped me /hen I finally branched out." - Lorna Webster CLASS NOTES finance and biology at the College of William and Mary, works for a consulting firm doing supply chain management for hospitals, and lives in Washington, D.C., when he isn't on the road. Mary Ruth remarried a few years ago but kept her maiden name. She works with Robin Rimmer Hurst. level. Youngest son Jonathan was considering the medical profession. The following news was collected by Madelin Jones Barratt and Sue Luscomb, while in the process of working on Reunion Giving: Tennessee state executive board of the RE.O. Sisterhood for six years and was to be installed as state president in May. She has served Sue's 27-year-old daughter, After college, Kim Stambaugh Alicia, was married last May in Jureckson moved to New York ' Charleston S.C., and is a graduate City, where she worked, studied, s r tnde ^ j " cli " ical P s y ch ° lo gy and danced for several years, and Sue s husband Rich, is also a where she met husband Mitchell. cll " ical Pathologist. Daughter They've been married more Ashton, 23, is a marketing than 25 years and have three administrator in Memphis. Both children, Britta, Erica, and Max. f T irls g raduated [ rom Aub > ur » , Kim has been a dance educator University. Sue has served on the and choreographer in Lancaster, Pa., for the past 21 years. She is co-director of the nonprofit dance organization New Movement Center of Lancaster, Jane Reese-Coulbourne '76 is artistic director ot executive director of the Reagan- the Lancaster-based J intergenerational Udall Foundation, which was Grant Street Dance awarded a grant from the Bill Company, and a » faculty member at : & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lancaster Country Day School, where ... _._ . . she teaches dance at the high as re S ent ot he \ D/ ) R cha P ter to J school level. Kim stays in touch J ree years and volunteers at the with Marti Taylor but would love Veterans Affairs Medical Center to hear from other dance major in Mem P hls - classmates. Madelin's son, William, Cathy Day Morris would also graduated from U.Va. with a love to connect with classmates. do " ble ma J or in R " ssian stud ' es All of her family's moves, including and f 110 ™ 105 and 1S ei W d; a relocation to Dallas in 1993, daughter Ellen was on track were connected with husband to earn h ? ma f T f 7 s de 8 r f e in , Bob's continuing education. He " , - , "" nl Aam VLlv;J,ul completed his undergraduate degree in Georgia, attended seminary in Dallas, and pastored for six years in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He then switched gears, becoming a pharmacy technician and leading music at their church. In 2007, Cathy reported another move might be on the horizon, Debbie Daniels Sagmiller's as Bob had applied to Dallas older son graduated from The Theological Seminary for Citadel and is married, her doctorate studies. middle son graduated from When she wrote in 2007, Cathy Clemson University and works in was assistant to the marketing Maryland, and her daughter is in and foundation directors at her hl § h schooL local hospital. She said her English Donald Wolthuis '77 and degree has come in handy, since she p a tty Buckley Wolthuis live writes ads for radio, newspaper, and j n Roanoke, Va., where Donald other media. Oldest son Andrew is an assistant U.S. attorney, moved back to Mechanicsville, Va., p atty wor k s at a bank. They for a manager training program have two children, ages 27 and with Chili's restaurant. Middle 25, living in Massachusetts and son Philip received a degree in New York. Mary Ann Kalafat philosophy from the University of Wray and husband Tim live in North Texas and planned to pursue Vienna, Va., where Mary Ann his master's and doctoral degrees practices psychotherapy for in hopes of teaching at the college Kaiser Permanente. Tim is at the daughter Anna is a high school sophomore. Madelin's husband, Henry, is a commercial lender at Xenith Bank, while Madelin participates in the women's ministry at The Falls Church, where she was assistant director of the children's choir last year. State Department after retiring from the Marine Corps. Faythe Calandra has been at The World Bank for 28 years. She serves on the advisory committee and teaches Sunday school at Arlington Community Church. Margo Clifford is an elementary school resource teacher in Henrico County, Va., and puts her artistic efforts into fixing up her house. Jan Biermann heads the education and health promotion department, educating mothers- to-be, with the March of Dimes. Judy Sledge Joyce and husband Rick have three children. Jack, 14, is a freshman at Gonzaga College High School; Julianne and Jeffrey, 10, are in fifth grade. Rick is an attorney at Venable. Judy is a stay-at-home mom who's always in the car! Carolyn Roberts is on the road to early retirement and enjoys a four- day work week at PNC Bank. She was engaged to marry Jim Everett in February. Susan Grimes, Jan Biermann, and Judy Sledge were planning a girls' weekend to celebrate. Susan and husband Scott went to South Africa with Carolyn and Jim. They enjoyed cycling and a safari. Daphne Johnston Elliott and husband John live in Northern Virginia, where she is an assistant kindergarten teacher in Loudoun County. Daughter Missy received a degree in landscape architecture from U.Va. and is in grad school there. Son Jay is pursuing a degree in computer engineering at George Mason University. The Elliotts traveled to Alaska, Bavaria, and Tokyo last summer. a group specializing in women's imaging, went to medical school six years after graduating from Mary Washington. She and her husband, a Naval Academy graduate she dated in college, have daughter Christine, 16, and son William, 20, who attends Clemson University. Jill Turner Morris and her husband own a beef cattle farm and have six children; the youngest is 22 and the oldest is Jill's 42-year- old stepdaughter. Jill has attended several reunions and hopes to be at our 35th. Susan Cole Friend's husband, Robert, is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond and planned to perform the ceremony for daughter Taylor's April wedding. Susan is very involved in church activities. Thanks to everyone for writing. It's always wonderful to hear from you. Mary Byrd email@example.com Rob Hall and I were in Virginia last September for his daughter's wedding and saw lots of family and friends. Sally Curtis Wimberley '80 and husband Steve of Woodbridge, Va., hosted a mini-reunion for us while we were in the area. It was wonderful to catch up with Pat Seyller, Deb Rundgren '80, Michael Harris '80 and fiancee Midori Clough Calimlin, Anne Kight Lloyd '81, Sharon Reel Fuhrmeister's daughter, Krista, is married; son Gregory works in Chicago; and Sharon's youngest, Erica, is at Johns Hopkins University. Sharon is a speech/language pathologist in New Jersey. Marcia Richards Suelzer works in legal publishing and studies mental health counseling in graduate school at Trinity International University outside of Chicago. Marcia has three children, a son who was to finish college this year and two daughters. Deborah Dawson Troy, a radiologist in private practice in Kathleen Williams Pyrce '77 served as musical director of her first show, wrangling 45 pre-teens in Seussical the Musical, last November at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Atlanta. Steve Whitaker, and Debi Hart Harris and to reminisce about dear old Mary Washington. Kathleen Williams Pyrce served as musical director of her first show, wrangling 45 pre-teens in Seussical the Musical, last November at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Atlanta. Way to go, Ms. Williams! Daughter Mariah is a high school junior. Maggie Jeffries-Honeycutt became a certified trainer for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association last fall and 'Vi UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE SPRING 2011 hopes, along with husband Don, to help troubled children and teens. Jacki Vawter, former UMW professor of education, sent pictures of her trip to South Africa. She and husband Rod of Charlottesville travel a lot. Please send news anytime. I hope everyone is well. Cindy Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Goliash Emerson email@example.com I still work as manager of organizational development and training for Fairfax County. My husband retired from the fire and rescue department and our son is a sophomore at East Carolina University, where we love to watch the Pirates play football. For the past few years, several of us have gotten together for a fall brunch in Virginias Old Town Alexandria. This year, we were happy to have Karen Noss Helble join us. She and husband Stuart have a pewter shop in Leesburg. Their creations are amazing as is the house they designed with a gorgeous mountain view in Round Hill. Their two beautiful daughters and handsome son are all students at JMU, which makes visits easier. Karen also works for Loudoun County Public Schools. Jane Daniels Ferguson was another new face at our annual brunch. She's as funny as ever and looks exactly the same. We discovered that Jane lives about a mile from me! One of her sons, Jack, graduated from West Virginia University and was considering graduate school. Her other son, Alex, is in the Air Force. Linda McCarthy Milone still lives in Georgetown with husband Paul. Older son Max attends the University of Denver, while younger son Oliver is in high school. Carol Middlebrook and husband John of Washington, D.C., were getting ready for a trip to Italy. Carol works for the FDIC. Gayle Weinberger Petro teaches Fairfax County sixth-graders and still keeps us in stitches with hilarious stories. Gayle was getting ready for the Montpelier Hunt Races she attends with Lisa Bratton Soltis and other Mary Washington alums. Betsy Larson Kyker and husband Bill live close to me in Fairfax and keep busy with sons Quint and Jake, who are in high school and middle school. Betsy's 89-year-old father also lives with them, so she has her hands full taking care of her family but still has time to do incredible holiday decorating and is a legend in her neighborhood. Finally, my sister, Patty Goliash Andril '80, joined us for this year's brunch. She spends most of her time driving to her son and daughter's regattas. Katie is a sophomore on the sailing team at Connecticut College, and John, a senior, started the sailing team at the Potomac School. Patty also is an artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the country. If anyone else would like to join our fall brunches, please email me. Anita Churney Keeler's sister, Doris Marie Churney '76, died in August after an 18- month battle with cancer of the appendix. She had retired from her work with the federal government in July of 2009. She is missed! That's all the news I have for now. Please send more for the next issue. Suzanne R. Bevan firstname.lastname@example.org Lori Foster Turley ' email@example.com Last spring, I gave up my job at United Through Reading to focus on volunteer commitments, not the least of which is serving as president of our local youth soccer league! Also, I've been working with Eileen O'Connell, Ellen Stanley Booth, and Bridget Meaney Weaver on the Reunion Giving Committee for our class. We hope you'll support Mary Washington with a gift in honor of our reunion year! Susan Dishman Boyd of Fredericksburg is a registered nurse but took the last year off after a right knee replacement. She spends time taking care of grandson Chase, who was born in 2009. Husband John is off of active duty and has two more years in the Navy Reserve before retiring at 30 years as a captain. He has taken a job with the staff of the Secretary of Defense. Daughter Michele, Chase's mother, is 24, in college, and working part time. Son Michael is 19, a part-time chef, and a community college student in Fredericksburg. Michael, Michele, and Chase live with John and Susan, so they have a full house! Steve Ball and Susan Whitman Ball, also of Fredericksburg, had an exciting year. They celebrated their 29th anniversary with a Caribbean cruise in May, booked a cruise to Alaska for their 30th, and welcomed their first grandchild, Daniel Jonathan Ball, in July. In October, Susan's novel, Restorations, was published (under Susan Elizabeth Ball) by OakTara. It's available at online bookstores, including Amazon and Christian Book Distributors, and at some Fredericksburg bookstores. Oldest son Chris was to receive his master's degree from Villanova University in December. Twins Jon and Matt are both married and live in Stafford County. Nancy Novak Riester and husband Peter live in Valley Lee, Md. Nancy teaches high school. Son PJ, a 2007 Naval Academy graduate, is stationed aboard a submarine out of Bangor, Wash. Son Ben earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Villanova University. Nancy Skinner Woodhouse teaches eighth-grade math and earth science at Great Neck Middle School in Virginia Beach. Husband Bill is a financial advisor at First Command, where he has worked for 25 years. Daughter Sarah is a 2009 graduate of JMU and a Web publisher in Charlottesville. Son Greg is a junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in aerospace engineering. Glenis Riegert Pittman has worked part time for more than six years with the pastoral care team at The Falls Church in Virginia. She and husband Ken of Centreville celebrated 25 years of marriage last September. Ken was starting Oak Leaf Technology Solutions, LLC, a consulting business that will help companies write proposals for government contracts. Son Andrew, a senior at Virginia Tech, plans to be a systems engineer. Son Marshall is a high school freshman. See you in June! Tara Corrigall firstname.lastname@example.org I visited with Lori Foster Turley '81 in October, when I attended a UMW career event, and we grabbed a late lunch at Sammy T's. She was already busy planning her 201 1 class reunion; ours will be next. I ran the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach with niece Jordan Filchock '12. We dressed as cupcake fans with hot pink tulle skirts and cute hats designed by Jordan's mother, Mona Corrigall Filchock '84. We had a great time, and I enjoy staying current on UMW through the eyes of a junior psychology major. In late September, Jennifer Goodwin Donegan and I hosted a "Russell Reunion" for several of our roomies and unit-mates. We had a great weekend of food, beach, shopping, and, of course, wine. Vicki Haynes Morris, Tom Valente is on sabbatical from teaching at the University of Southern California. He and his family are in Paris for a year, while he works at the French School of Public Health. Mark Ingrao enjoys his job as president and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, where he's worked since 2009. Mark also is working with Cedric Rucker and John Coski to plan our 30th reunion! Please mark June 3 to 5 on your calendars and plan to join us for a wonderful weekend on campus! Jo-Marie St. Martin Green '82 works as general counsel and runs the legislative operation for Rep. John A. Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House. who flew in from Wisconsin, won the award for traveling the farthest. She kept us entertained with stories and talk about world events. Vicki's letter to the editor was published in People magazine. Annmarie Cozzi flew in from Newark, N.J., and spent time comparing Virginia Beach to her own Jersey Shore. She spent three weeks in Italy with her parents and brother. Debbie Snyder Barker stopped in Fredericksburg to pick up Carl's ice cream for the group. Her family was busy with homecoming that weekend UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 CLASS NOTES Reston VIP is on the Ball Whether he is working to make Reston, Va., a great place to do business or working the sidelines at a Washington Redskins football game, Mark Ingrao '81 is never far from his experience at Mary Washington. Ingrao, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, is president and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. "Mary Washington really helped set me up for a leadership role," he said. "The whole experience was exactly what I needed." Ingrao came to college wanting to be involved in all facets of campus life, and UMW, with its close-knit student body and small classes, was ideal. He was president of his sophomore class and served on the Honor Council as a senior. "If I wanted to try something," he said, "the opportunity was there. It was the perfect plac for me." Ingrao also took full advantage of a school that encourages social interchange between students and professors. "If you had a question," he recalled, "you could walk down the street, knock on your professor's door, and get an answer." After he graduated, he worked as head of the compensation division for Washington Gas and immediately put his economics training to use. "I could deal with the job ... understand the mechanics of it," he said. Before he took the helm at the Reston Chamber, Ingrao was ( president of AspenStrategies. He has worked as a lobbyist and for a recruiting firm. He has been : an executive with the National Apartment Association and the Apartment and Office Building Association. Now, about his other job - on the Redskins' sidelines. Ingrao and a nephew are two of the four members of the "Chain Gang," working the chains at Redskins home games by holding the poles that signify which down is being played and how far a team has to go to make the next one. The job, handed down by Ingrao's father, puts him as close as a spectator can possibly get to an NFL game. So close that he has been banged up by players barreling along the sidelines and sometimes has to drop the pole and scurry aside when players come hurtling his way. Still, it's the dream job for a die-hard Redskins fan like Ingrao. And it's an extension Mark Ingrao '81, head of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, holds a second "job," working the sidelines during Washington Redskins home games (below). Ingrao said the economics tree he earned and the opportunities he ceived at Mary Washington helped prepare him for a diverse and successful career. of the passion for sports that he had at Mary Washington. A multisport athlete at Arlington's Bishop O'Connell High School, he took up tennis at UMW and made the team. Eventually he concentrated instead on rugby and played with the Mary Washington squad. Ingrao frequently visits his old stomping grounds. "I like to walk the campus, see the improvements," he said. And he makes a point of looking up classmate Cedric Rucker '81, now UMW dean of student life. Rucker and Ingrao are helping organize the class's 30th reunion, as Ingrao has done for every reunion starting with their fifth. He plans, he said, to stay closely involved with Mary Washington as it grows and changes. - Randy Hallman for daughter Leah and their Spanish exchange student. With younger son Chip off to Virginia Tech, Debbie was worried about a quiet house, so they arranged for the student to spend a year in the busy Barker household. Carla Richardson Barrell drove in from Roanoke, Va. Daughter Kaitlin is enjoying UMW and trying to decide on a major. Ann Lambert Sensabaugh, who works in banking and often can be found in Blacksburg for Virginia Tech games, joined us for dinner on Friday along with Donna DeAlto Stacia. She and husband Bill moved into their new house and stay busy with work and running. It was fabulous to be with old friends. We started and finished each other's sentences, as if no time had passed. I pulled out my college tub and we sorted through old pictures and memories. Several had burned their photos of college beaus when they got married, so they were thrilled to see them again. Kay Howard-Strobel still plays soccer in three leagues: women's over-30 indoor, women's over-40 indoor, and coed outdoor. She said, "the main difference with hitting 50 is that after playing, and a shower, and a glass of wine, I don't keep the eyes open quite as long as I used to." Daughter Hannah is a junior biomedical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Son Matthew, a high school senior, is considering mechanical engineering as a college major. Husband Charles is a senior biologist at the Environmental Protection Agency in Narragansett, R.I. Kay is a research associate in marine sciences at the University of Connecticut. Jenifer Blair attended the 13th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival with Nancy Kaiser, Mary, and friends from Richmond. They have attended the festival since its second year. JB had an early 50th birthday surprise trip to an October taping of Oprah with her sister, mother, and aunt. The show featured teenage heartthrobs and included Oprah's interview with Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5 and live performances by Shawn Cassidy (remember Da Doo Ron Ron?), Peter Frampton and his band, and the Backstreet Boys. They spent the rest of the weekend in Chicago, enjoying unseasonably warm weather and great shopping and food! JB spent her 50th birthday at the beach with Nancy, Mary, Donna, and roomie Barb Dixon. JB was appointed to UMW's Alumni Association Board of Directors. Georgiana Hall (G.G. Hall) published her first novel, Hershey, A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit, a heartwarming and humorous story that takes readers into the mind and life of a house rabbit named Hershey. Georgiana has degrees in physics and engineering and is a laboratory supervisor in the physics department at Florida International University in Miami. She is an educator and a volunteer for her local chapter of the House Rabbit Society. She and physicist husband Oren share their home with six rescued rabbits, several birds, and two box turtles, which all appear as characters in the novel. Cheryl Fetterman has been a community college business instructor for 17 years. She is president of the Huguenot Society of North Carolina and stays busy with SPCA activities and FarmVille. Gray Wells of Huntsville, Ala., attended a recent Auburn-Georgia football game with daughter Jesse. Jo-Marie St. Martin Green works as general counsel and runs the legislative operation for Rep. John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House. She married Rob Green 14 years ago and has no children but loves to spoil her five nieces and her nephew, and she's a huge Washington Capitals hockey fan. Congratulations to our own Gregg Stull. I hope you saw the great article in the summer issue of University of Mary Washington Magazine. During the 2010 commencement, Gregg received the Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and became, the article said, "the only professor in the institutions history to win the trifecta of top UMW teaching honors." Shannon McGurk lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, who is partner in a management consulting firm. Thanks for all your notes and comments on Facebook. Stay in touch and let me know if you visit the Virginia Beach area. Marcia Guida James email@example.com Healthcare reform continues to keep me on my toes at work, with many new developments. I was promoted to a director position and am traveling a bit more. Kiki Connerton Smith and husband Dixon are still in Hawaii, where they expect to be until next summer, but they aren't sure where the Navy will send them next. Oldest son Tucker married his high school sweetheart in August, Kay Howard-Strobel '82 still plays soccer in three leagues: women's over-30 indoor, women's over-40 indoor, and coed outdoor. works as a civilian for the Navy in Washington, D.C., and lives in Baltimore. His wife is in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University. Middle son Zach was to receive his bachelor's degree in media arts and animation from the Art Institute of Portland in December. Daughter Cragan is a freshman at Oregon State University. Kathie Enfield Jerow's oldest child, Shelby, 19, is in her second year at the College of Southern Maryland and works at American Eagle Outfitters. Daughter Michelle, 16, a high school junior, is a cheerleader and works at Panera Bread. Christena, 10, is in fifth grade and Girl Scouts, and is taking up the violin and yearning to be a teenager like her sisters! Husband Tim works for Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and travels several times a year to various border protection sites, when he isn't tooling around on his Harley! Kathie, a French teacher at an alternative school in Charles County, Md., where she started a French conversation group, is working on her teaching certification. Their family took a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas last summer, which included a visit to Atlantis Resort. Danette Stormont Drew was awarded the EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. Congratulations, Danette! One of Katherine Farmer's sons, Jonathan, attends J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and lives at home. Her other son is to graduate from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. Katherine hopes to visit Mary Washington this spring. Susan Leavitt was recognized as Philanthropist of the Year by theYMCA of Metropolitan Washington, due to the Nancy Dunning Endowment, which sends kids to camp. Husband Jon Andrus was sworn in as deputy director of Pan American Health Organization and was busy with the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Donna Snyder Sayre was named to a three-year appointment as vice chairman of the Virginia DAR's Volunteer Information Specialists Committee. She was to visit the Las Vegas area for a technology conference and, perhaps, to hunt for a retirement house. Joe Davoli and wife Margaret welcomed a baby girl, Annamaria Hoeger, in October of 2009. Wendy Burnette Dickinson's husband, JD, spends a great deal of time on the road. Daughter Hillary, a senior and year-round swimmer, was applying to colleges, including UMW. Daughter Anne Marie is a high school freshman. Auby J. Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org Tara Kilday Lindhart email@example.com Deona Houff firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia Keenan Charlton works for the school system in Fairfax County, Va., and has two sons in middle school and one in elementary school. Daughter Allyson plans to graduate from UMW this spring. Patricia enjoys her Alexandria home and doing community service. Sara Jones Uzel and husband Mark live in Arlington, Va., where they own Technology Trends Group, a small consulting firm. Older daughter Mallory, 18, University of Maryland, has been a human resources consultant for 10 years, and works with a strategy consulting group based in Chicago. Ivonne lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with husband Lou. Son Louie, 12, plays baseball. Daughter Christina, 8, plays soccer. The family enjoys travel and was planning a spring trip to Europe. Christy Miller Robinson lives in Richmond with husband Wally and daughters Morgan, 19, and Molly, 16. Christy celebrated her 25th anniversary with Anthem, where she started working right after graduating from Mary Washington. Christy's college roommate, Robin Jones Kilby, lives nearby in Chesterfield, Va., with husband Don. She has worked for Genworth Financial in Richmond since graduation. Robin has two stepchildren, Erin, 27, and Christopher, 25, and two grandchildren, Alex, 3, and Carlo, 2. Judy Smiley Newman and husband Jack, who live in a golf community in Georgia, welcomed their fifth grandchild, a boy named Jack. Mary Ann Cromley Duffy stays busy in her pottery studio and loves her life. She completed a half-marathon in two hours and 20 minutes last October. She has four children. Her oldest son, Tim, is a junior at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Her youngest, Seamus, is in fifth grade. Her husband, Sean Duffy '84, is a family physician at a community health clinic in Walla Walla, Wash. Last fall, Julie Clark started a new position as procurement analyst at XO Communications in Herndon, Va. Prior to that, she worked as an inventory planner and buyer for the National Geographic Danette Stormont Drew '83 j was awarded the EPA Gold | Medal for Exceptional Service. is at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Younger daughter Camille, 17, lived in Virginia Hall during a field hockey camp she attended at UMW and was exposed to Carl's ice cream and Sammy T's. Could she be a third-generation Mary Washington student in the making? After working for the State Department, Fannie Mae, and DTE Energy, Ivonne Cotto Steffens went into consulting. She attended grad school at the Society's museum and online stores. She traveled to Italy, where she took a cooking class, and plans to watch the Tour de France this year in the town where Brent (French House) RA Christine Adenis lives. Julie helped plan a recent celebration for the 50th birthday of her sister, Ann Clark Lockhart '83, in Cary, N.C. After graduation, Anne Hunt Braun went back to her native peninsula and worked at Newport News Shipbuilding, where she met husband Bob. She quit working in UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 6 3 CLASS NOTES 1997 after the birth of son Curtis. Bob's job sent them to Bremerton, Wash., for a five-year contract. They returned to Poquoson, Va., just in time for Hurricane Isabel and have been there ever since. Anne saw Sidney Griffith Keith last June, just before the Keith family went on a cross-country trip. alums, including Cabby Bennett and wife Becca Cuddy '85, Jane Carroll Wilson, Liz Proutt Connelly '87, Ginny Farquharson Voyack, Jackie St. Martin '85, Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, J.J. Rickerich Schifsky, Maggie Russell Eastman '84, and Ellen Henderson Briggs '88, attended on your calendars and make travel plans now. Let's make this the biggest and best reunion ever! Allison Cornell is in training to be a chaplain in Long Beach, Calif. She and her wife, Robin, have been married six years. Allison keeps in touch with Jenny Utz '82, Stacey Aucoin Baca, Chris Hruby '81, Deb Reid '82, Susie Leavitt '82, and Linda Lemanski Blakemore '84. Julie Clark '85 helped plan a recent celebration for the 50th birthday of her sister, Ann Clark Lockhart '83, in Cary, N.C. a wedding at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Please send me your news, the long and short of it, for the next issue. ^B CU/LUhL Arcadia Publishing has published Julian Preisler's latest book, Images of America, Jewish West Virginia, which contains vintage and current images of Jewish life and history in the Mountain State. Julian, a professional genealogist, is u^/^/eeJaui working on a book about pioneer ^ — American Jewish congregations email@example.com and conducting research for Fox Music President Robert Fox and Congratulations to Stephanie noted author and television writer Doswald Sebolt, who earned her Anne Kreamer. doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Melissa Haines Sleeth and Tech, and to Sheryl DeVaun husband Ron consider themselves Manspile, a registered nurse who blessed to have adopted baby graduated from Bon Secours Jeremiah Elvin in April. Melissa Memorial College of Nursing in works for the Valentine Richmond 2009. Stephanie got together with History Center and occasionally Irene Thomaidis Cimino and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, commiserated about our upcoming Maureen Kearney Fleegal and her ->5 tn reunion! husband sold their family business and moved to Loveland, Colo., Lisa Brown received her where the weather is beautiful, master's degree in business the traffic is non-existent, the administration, with a people are friendly, and there's no concentration in contracts and humidity! They are renovating procurement management, from houses and looking into starting UMW last May. She is proud to another business. Maureen enjoys have worked with fellow students photography. Her oldest son is a in Professor Alan Heffner's class sophomore engineering physics developing Phase II of the Eagle major at Colorado School of Mines, Village Development Project. She and her youngest son is a high planned to meet up with Pain school junior. Piqui Schaub Graham for a fun- filled November weekend in New In J ul Y> Scott Kaplan attended York and New Jersey. the George Washington Teachers' Institute, directed by Nancy Donna Metzger Lantagne Hayward '80, at Mount Vernon, was shopping for colleges with where select teachers from around son Joseph. Henry Talavera the country spent a week learning has her beat, with two children about the nation's first president, already there! Donna runs into Scott plans to conduct a workshop Kristi Williams McCune once at the local or state level, telling in a while, as their daughters other teachers about the program, attend St. Gertrude High School Before the event, he visited Mary in Richmond. Jocelyn Piccone Washington and was amazed at all completed more races this past the changes, summer and thinks work is highly overrated! Gayle Schmith Kelly 0ur 25th reunion will be held and a host of Mary Washington ' une 3 t0 5 - please block the dates Kim Jones Isaac firstname.lastname@example.org Rene Thomas-Rizzo email@example.com From Kim: Most of my big news concerns our son, Chris, who has almost finished his freshman year at Oklahoma State University, where he is majoring in agribusiness. In October, we were extremely proud to learn that he was one of only 15 freshmen granted early admittance to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He is to complete three years of undergraduate school, and then, during his first year of vet school, he is to complete requirements for his undergraduate degree. Obviously, he should be very busy over the next seven years. Chris also played intramural soccer last fall and is a member of the pre-vet club. My husband, Ken, and I are in the 15th year of our computer services company and are pursuing new business ventures. Ken continues to travel around the country to radio control flying competitions, where he takes pictures and video for a radio control website. Michelle Adams Mulligan joined the Richmond office of the MercerTrigiani law firm, representing common interest community associations and continuing her practice in legal and accounting malpractice defense and insurance of Richmond in 1999. She was named a Virginia Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2010 and recognized as one of 25 leading women attorneys in Virginia last year. She's a member of the Virginia, Richmond, and Metropolitan Richmond Women's bar associations; the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; and the John Marshall American Inn of Court. She also serves on the national Amicus Committee and the Virginia Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute. Jane Ellen Brennan Herrin is part of the nationally syndicated weekly radio show The Live Ride with Marty McFiy on the Envision Network. She was in the pilot of Mary Steenburgen's series Outlaw Country on FX and was featured in Billy Ray Cyrus's PSA for the lung disease COPD. She has published two mini-cookbooks on her website and does lots of local TV. Last January, she hosted A Fashion Affair, a large charity event featuring vintage celebrity apparel, such as June Carter Cash's hat collection. Jane Ellen has two daughters. Anna Grace is doing amazing in kindergarten and Jenna can't wait to go to "big school." Husband Jim works at the Putnam County Election Commission and local radio stations. In July, the family adopted a stray dog named Max. Toni Moore Milbourne was named managing editor of the Spirit oj Jefferson newspaper in (efferson County, W.Va., where coverage. Previously, Michelle was a partner with McSweeney, Crump, Childress & Temple, PC. in Richmond, where her practice focused on civil litigation matters relating to legal and accounting malpractice defense, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and community association law. Michelle earned her law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law in 1990 and her master's degree in business administration at the University In July, Scott Kaplan '86 attended the George Washington Teachers' Institute, directed by Nancy Hayward '80, at Mount Vernon, where select teachers from around the country spend a week learning about the nation's first president. she had been a reporter for 10 years. Last year, she interviewed Erik Estrada, Ricky Skaggs, and John McCain. Not too bad for a small-town paper! Her oldest is a college sophomore, the second is getting ready to go to college, and two more will go soon. Look for me under "Kim Jones Isaac" on Facebook. I, along with your fellow classmates, would love to hear what's going on in your lives, so please send updates! » :• .'I UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 Marsha D. Baker firstname.lastname@example.org Beverly J. Newman email@example.com Jay Bradshaw firstname.lastname@example.org Cheryl Woody Danielson email@example.com Susan Crytzer Marchant firstname.lastname@example.org Sandi Hubbard Esposito and husband Mike live in Amherst County, Va., with son Michael, 10, and daughter Ashton, 8. Michael is homeschooled and Ashton is in third grade. Sandi was part of History Tech, LLC, a group that surveyed nearly 300 historic properties in Amherst, and she was completing work on nominating the village of Clifford as a historic district. Lisa Poindexter Hayslett left Northern Virginia and moved back to Roanoke, where she lives with husband Sam and daughter MacKenzie Plaia, a high school sophomore. Lisa is a senior property manager at CB Richard Ellis. She runs into Mary Washington alumni, such as Ellen Nelson Phillips, from time to time. Lisa and her family love being back in the valley, where they spend time kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. Stephen Gurley and Jennifer Norris Gurley '93 have lived My husband, Joseph, and I live in Manassas, Va., and have three sons, Adam, 8, Brett, 6, and Shane, 3. Joe is an HVAC technician for Boland, and I am a program manager for two mapping-related development efforts at the National ~~ Geospatial Tom Moore Mtlboume 87 was intelligence named managing editor of the Spirit Agency, ~ _ _ . r «• where i am ot Jeirerson newspaper in Jefferson surrounded County, W.Va. Her interviews for the many Mary paper last year included Erik Estrada, Washington Ricky Skaggs, and John McCain. grads to mention. Our family is involved with Scouts in Richmond since 1996. They and sports, such as swimming have three children, Will, 9, and basketball. I stay in close Ma T Catherine, 7, and Tate, 5. contact with my Mary Washington Wl11 swims and P la y s baseba11 roommate, Susie Hankel Riccio, and soccer > Mar T Catherine whose 9-year-old son, Ethan, has has participated in ballet and followed in his mother's footsteps gymnastics, and Tate plays soccer. by taking up competitive horseback J ennifer works P art time at Willow ridine Oaks Country Club, writes a blog for PoshTots, and owns a children's # i fc >s clothing business. Stephen is the //? „' rT. "D / j national field marketing manager \^ tor Samsung Electronics America Shannon Eadie Niemeyer an d travels quite a bit. email@example.com In October, Billy Germelman Hello, Class of 1991! I hope you all celebrated his first year in are well. Here's the news I've received his new house in Winchester, since our last update. Va., and his first year working Ellen McCrary-Mayer retired ° u n f e at the Penta g on > where as a successful clinical psychologist he has ^connected with Army to pursue a career that called her f A r !f nd ^ An associate of Booz after 1 1 years of volunteering in Allen Hamilton, he saw Mary her children's classrooms. She's Washington friends who also work in grad school again, this time for the company, including Mike to become an elementary school teacher. Her husband, Geoff Mayer, was promoted to fire department Todd Spangler and Nicole lieutenant. They keep in touch Franchois Spangler welcomed with several Framar women and their fourth child, Avery Grace, in their families. September. Mark Mesterhazy and Smith. The oldest of Billy's three children just finished high school. wife Kim's fourth child was due in December. Denise Mickelson Campbell, Amy Rose LaPierre, and I have been working with the Mary Washington Alumni Association to plan our 20th reunion. Everyone should have received information about the event, which is set to take place June 3 to 5. Join our Facebook group, Mary Washington College (UMW) -Class of 1991, for updates. We're looking forward to a fun, casual gathering on the lower deck and bar area at Brocks Riverside Grill (formerly Sophia Street Station) on Friday evening and to many on-campus activities throughout the weekend, including another Rabble Rousers reunion show on Saturday. Become a fan of the group on Facebook. It's a great way to keep up with the band for the reunion and future events. Keep your news and updates coming. Hope to see you all in June! Kate Stanford McCown firstname.lastname@example.org There isn't much news this time from the Class of 1992. 1 guess everyone is having a busy fall. Regina McWethy Phillips and husband Michael live in Germany and have adopted four children from Poland. Keep sending updates! Cheryl L. Roberts email@example.com I have had a great year in Columbus, Ohio. My wedding was to take place early this year (just under the wire before my 40th birthday)! My fiance and I took a trip to France and fell in love with Provence. I continue to keep busy tending to my menagerie of animals! Andrew Salp and Jill Whelan Salp '94 of Richmond have two boys. Andrew works for a pharmaceuticals company and Jill works at CapitalOne. In October, Andrew ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and raised nearly $6,000 through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. He planned to raise more money for the cause by running the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, and he was eagerly awaiting another ski season. Andrew was in Seattle for his brother's wedding and getting Andrew Salp '93 ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and raised nearly $6,000. While in Seattle for his brother's wedding, Andrew was at Top Pot Doughnuts when President Obama stopped in for a photo opportunity. donuts at Top Pot Doughnuts when President Obama stopped in for a photo opportunity. Andrew's family was able to chat with him for a minute or so. Ngozi "Zi" Obi published her first book, a Christian romance novel called Love's Destiny, available at bookstores and online. Jen Studt Schimmenti, a meeting planner for Strategic Analysis, celebrated her 10-year anniversary with husband Mike. Becca Dotson of Alexandria, Va., is in graduate school at George Washington University and pursuing a career teaching ESL. Len Ornstein '94, a teacher, lives outside of Phoenix with wife Yut Wah and his son. He is learning medical transcription and trying to get back in shape with CrossFit. His students tell him that the best thing about his classes are his college stories of "Dimeglio" "Latha," "Crazy Andy," and "Captain Boring." Len keeps in touch with many Mary Washington folks from the classes of '93, '94, and '95 via Facebook and reports that Andy Woodfin moved to the West Coast near San Francisco. Nathan Wade firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings from Tucson! Our class has been busy. Much has changed in my life since the last report and reunion. I'm single for the tirst time in four years, and I made a huge decision to relocate to Tucson, leave my career in college admissions, and start law school at the University of Arizona. It's an exciting challenge UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 65 CLASS NOTES and the hardest thing I've done, but I'm happy to be pursuing a dream. I volunteered on the successful re-election campaign of our local congresswoman and settled into a little bungalow close to campus. It's been quite the new beginning! Debbie Hodges Shelton lives in Manassas with husband Jon and their two children, Alex and Natalie. Alex is 7 and has autism. He enjoys soccer and therapeutic horseback riding. Natalie is 5 and loves going to school, singing, I want to congratulate my freshman roommate Al Wolstenholme on his recent engagement to Kathryn Hallquist! It's about time someone from Room 519 settled down. Al plans a May 21 wedding, with Kevin Ahearn, Sean Mahoney, and Shannon Kasley as groomsmen. Anna Marie Martin of Spokane, Wash., was expecting her first bundle of joy in late February! Jennifer Rambo and husband Chad Mohr of Spruce Pine, N.C., own and operate The Pizza Shop & Dry County Brewing Co. They homestead and use their own and other locally grown vegetables. Somehow, they also find time to raise Sidney, 4, and Ruby, 2. If you're in the area, stop by for a brew and a slice. Jennifer Rice Henderson and husband Dave Henderson '95 live in Charleston, S.C. Dave is assistant professor of accounting at the College of Charleston and Jennifer is a freelance writer and editor. In January of 2009, they adopted a daughter named Anna. In other baby news, David Janes and Patricia Janes '96 welcomed Emerson Bryan in August. Another entrepreneur is Stephen Wilson, president of River City Hospitality, LLC, a boutique provider of event planning services for premier sporting events. He and wife Jessica live in Richmond with their two cats. Karen Hatwell bought a house in Silver Spring, Md., close to her job as a regulatory chemist for the FDA. She completed a half-Ironman competition, plays soccer, rock climbs, and enjoys life with her dogs and her many friends in Maryland. Nick Miller of South Texas is a brand performance consultant for Choice Hotels. He and wife Robin were building a home and looking forward to moving in with their two boys in December. Dianna Rowell '97 returned to Mary Washington in September as the psychology department's graduate-in-residence. She gave lectures in several classes and a public talk about her work with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. reading, and being creative. Debbie is a full-time mom, PTO volunteer coordinator at Natalie's elementary school, and active member and officer of the Junior Woman's Club of Manassas. She keeps in touch with Mary Washington friends on Facebook. I love keeping up with so many of you on Facebook. Please feel free to "friend" me to send updates or just say "hi!" Jane Archer email@example.com Megan Concannon Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Rudalf Gates email@example.com Jill McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle Trombetta email@example.com I really hate all the traveling my position at UnitedHealth has in store for me, but I enjoy the perk of seeing friends across the country. I'm on a 20-city tour and hope to see more alumni this year. Drop me a line and let me know where you are. In October, I had dinner on the San Antonio River Walk with my senior year roommate, Kira Stchur, who sings in the band Twelve Step Academy and works for San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. I was excited to meet her Great Dane puppy. At 6 months, Gatsby was already quadruple the size of my dogs. Katie O'Leary Preston took her passion for marketing and knitting and launched her own business, Learn-to- Knit with Katie. In the fall, her group of knitters completed helmet liners to help keep our troops warm while they serve overseas. Dianna Rowell returned to Mary Washington in September as the psychology department's graduate-in-residence. She gave lectures in several classes and a public talk about her work with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She enjoyed interacting with students, catching up with her former professors, and being back on campus, which felt very familiar despite many changes. Myra Simpson is in her sixth year at Ranney School in Monmouth County, N.J., as director of college guidance. She hopes to be able to visit Mary Washington more often. Susanna Fisher Parker and husband Rob welcomed daughter Caroline Elizabeth in October. She joins brother Stevie, 3. Erika Giaimo Chapin firstname.lastname@example.org Deacon Chapin email@example.com Several classmates celebrated the births of their children about a year ago, and we now turn to celebrating first birthdays! Deacon and I can't believe Eliza has been here for a year already. Her future Mary Washington classmates include Tommy Lowther, son of Lauren Dwyer Lowther and husband Brandon; Sofia Fuge, daughter of Alexis Kingham Fuge and husband Dylan; Emma Shea Britton (who was soon to be a big sister), daughter of Katie Shea Britton and husband Craig; and Maegen Ramsay, daughter of Alyson Andrews Ramsay and husband Peter. Adrien Snedeker Dickerson and husband Adam were expecting their first child in February. son Deacon last May and enjoyed her time at home with him for his first six months. Older son Anthony loves being a big brother, and Larissa and husband Michael are living the middle-class suburban dream. After they all had baby girls within a year of each other, Abby Mitchell, Amy Wachenfeld, and Wendy Sulc completed the cycle by having three boys within a year. Amy's son, Jack Eagen, was born in September of 2009; Wendy's son, Aidan Dehne, was born last June; and Abby's son, Nathaniel Pearce, was born in July. They plan to take a summer trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, with six children under 5. That still doesn't scare away Matt Galeone, who plans to join in the fun again! Anne and Tristan Daugherty-Leiter live in the Madison, Wis., area, where he is an emergency veterinarian and she is a lawyer. Their second son, MacKinnon Andrew, was born in October, joining Griffin, 4. They were looking forward to a December visit from Lara Fedorov. Caitlin Jenkins Losh and husband Jason welcomed Paul Arthur Jenkins in July. Born in Manhattan, he is a true New Yorker. Mike "Pasta" Paolino enjoys life as a father of two with wife Diane in Rhode Island. Todd Hamlin and girlfriend Kelly welcomed a different kind of new addition to their family, a 1 -year-old chocolate Lab rescue dog named Nestle. Todd led Team Husky, his Northern Virginia Division 4 co-ed soccer league in scoring. He and Adam "Smitty" The second book by M. Leigh Carson '99, Dead Awakening, a supernatural mystery thriller and the sequel to her first book, Midnight Reflections, was published under her pseudonym, Katrina Michaels. Smith '97 visited Mike "Moose" Carney '97 and his family in central Vermont. The news from across the pond is that Sean Tuffy plans to tie the knot next fall with Irish fiancee Lorraine in Dublin. In other baby news, Larissa Lipani Peluso-Fleming welcomed We hope this finds you well, and we look forward to hearing from you all again soon! 66 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 Amanda Goebel goebeLamanda@hotmail.com Things are moving along here in Atlanta. My boyfriend and I traveled to Ireland in December for a long pre-holiday weekend. I hope things are going well for everyone. Please keep me up to date with what you are doing! Courtney Rossi and family finally moved into their new house in Herndon, Va. Jennifer Reyes graduated from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and is doing a general practice residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She loves New York and working out with the hilarious Tina Fey, and she still thinks about and keeps in touch with many Mary Washington friends! Heather Woody Snead and husband Travis were expecting their second child, another little boy, in January, when their first son, Tyler, would be just shy of 4. Heather works in human resources for BB&T in Richmond. M. Leigh Carson's second book, Dead Awakening, a supernatural mystery thriller and the sequel to her first book, Midnight Reflections, was published under her pseudonym, Katrina Michaels. Daniela Kelley Sicuranza firstname.lastname@example.org ^ Caroline Jarvis email@example.com Teresa Joerger Mannix firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Harney Correll lives in Gainesville, Va., with husband Jim, 2V2-year-old son Noah, and 6-month-old daughter Hannah. Jessica Bergner DaSilva of Washington, D.C., is a middle school math coach in Fairfax County, Va. She and her husband were expecting their first child in May. Brianne Patchell Friberg earned a doctorate in human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin. She and her family relocated to Virginia, where she is assistant professor of psychology at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Amanda Culler Glenn and husband David welcomed their first child, Dominick David, in lune. Amanda is assistant director of marketing and public relations at Frederick Community College in Maryland, and is pursuing an MBA at Frostburg State University. Laura Indzeris Johnson and Thomas B. Johnson '97 of Athens, Ga., were Computer Science Major Configures "KickApps" Career Peter Clark '96 graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science, departmental honors, and plenty of good career options before him. But he didn't play it safe. Instead, Clark took a chance that bringing his own tech creations to the emerging Internet market might be more fun, and he was right. After graduation, Clark created voice-recognition technologies that launched two successful businesses, NetByTel and Quadfore. And, in 2006, Clark co-founded New York-based KickApps, where he leads the design of social media technologies for the websites of more than 450 clients, such as NBC Universal and American Express. Clark's innovations have won over the Web market: In January, KickApps was bought by KIT Digital, a Czech Republic-based company, as part of a deal valued at $77 million. "It's really neat that he had the desire and the nerve and the wherewithal to go out on his own," said UMW professor of computer science Ernest Ackermann, who remembers Clark as "a really solid person and a smart guy. He was a student that all of us felt comfortable talking to." What makes Clark's success even more striking is that he's done it while working from his home in St. Augustine, Fla., where he and his wife, Melinda Voguit Clark '96, are raising sons Sammy, 7, and Benjamin, 5. Melinda is an occupational therapist with a master's degree from the University of St. Augustine. Peter gets their boys to and from school and spends his other waking hours designing the technologies for KickApps, where he's described as the "architect, developer, and chief cool-feature creator." Even with the company's sale, Clark said his work "is exactly the same thing that I was doing before." Clark grew up in Sea Girt, N.J., and knew about Mary Washington from his mother, Susan Schnettler Clark '68. His balance of career and family was always a goal. <■***; i home, computer science major Peter Clark '96 co-founded the hugely successful social media technology design company KickApps. He is pictured here with his dog, Lily, wife Melinda Voguit Clark '96, and sons Sammy, 7, and Benjamin, 5. "While many of these start-up companies did require long hours, I never ever wanted to do them at the expense of my family," he said. "I made a promise to myself at the beginning of my career that I'd never do that." Clark took his first programming course when he was 7 years old, using a Texas Instruments computer that his grandmother and parents bought for him. For a kid who grew up obsessed with tech gadgets, he said, the University was a good launching pad. On his first visit to Mary Washington, "it just felt like home to me," he said. "I think that's really the way the University helped prepare me for the real world. People have asked me, 'Why did you go to a liberal arts school for computer science?' But it worked out great. If I had gone to a bigger school, I wouldn't have had as good a relationship with my teachers." - Robert Burke CLASS NOTES expecting a baby girl in November. Laura is a marketing director and Tom teaches physical science. Tony Lambiasi hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009, from Maine to Georgia. In March, he completed a three-week visitor period at Twin Oaks Intentional Community in Louisa County, Va., and joined the commune in June. Gina Clough Leonard bought a house last year, just before the birth of their first child, Ariana Grace, in April. Teresa Joerger Mannix works at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and has enrolled in the school's Certificate in Marketing program. She also is working with Natalie Alexander Buttner to plan the 10th reunion for the Class of 2001, set to take place June 3 to 5. Learn more on the "MWC Class of 2001" Facebook page. Angela Mills was to present on volunteer alumni management at the annual CASE District VI conference in January. She continues to oversee the alumni chapter and club program for the University of Tennessee Alumni Association and is a candidate for a master's of public administration degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also is an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts. A highlight last year for Angela was the opportunity to visit with Debby Klein, wife of the late Albert Klein for whom UM W's Klein Theatre was named, and share the impact the Albert R. Klein Memorial Scholarship had on her while she was at Mary Washington. She is excited to be co-chairing the Class of 2001 10th Reunion Giving Committee with Kelly Turcic Bailey. Help us reach our goal of 100 percent participation! Kelli Kramer Petrick and Joe Petrick have worked at Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyo., for four years and love the Wild West. They climbed the Grand Teton last summer with Kelli's family, including her sister Christi Kramer '03, and hosted Jason Engelhardt tor a week in the mountains. They looked forward to a month-long sabbatical in India in November. sons, ages 1 and 4. She works in physician services for Henrico Doctors' Hospital. Carla Villar Walby and Nathan Walby of Reston, Va., married in September A highlight last year for Angela Mills '01 was the opportunity to visit with Debby Klein, wife of the late Albert Klein for whom UMW's Klein Theatre was named, and share the impact the Albert R. Klein Memorial Scholarship had on her while she was at Mary Washington. Richard Speakman, who teaches sixth grade in Anchorage, Alaska, met his wife, Jennifer Goodeliunas, during a cancer research fundraising event in the Caribbean, where they swam from one island to another. Koonj Kapoor Spicer and husband Joey live in Richmond with their two of 2009. Their first son, Elvis Diego, was born in August. Jonathan Williams and Erin Pickens Williams received promotions. Jonathan is vice president of Easter Associates, a government relations and association management company Mary Washington Legacy Is UMW in your family tree? If multiple branches of your family have attended Mary Washington, you are a Mary Washington Legacy. This special designation honors UMW families with multiple Mary Washington connections - including grandparents, parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins. Be sure to register your legacy information to ensure your family receives communications and invitations to special events, including the next Mary Washington Legacy Breakfast planned for Family Weekend in September 201 1 . W^^ ^^p , ^^HpgOF ^XK^^K ,??..• 7 r m * I 1 1 Martha Aaron Nelson 75 and her son Andrew Nelson attended the 20 1 Legacy Breakfast. If you have not yet registered all your special UMW family relationships, please complete the form at www.umw.edu/alumni/legacy. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE SPRING 2011 with offices in Charlottesville and Richmond. Erin is policy and planning coordinator for the consumer protection division of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Kim Winslow celebrated her eighth year at KPMG, where she is a senior manager. Chris Winslow opened a second law practice, with offices in Midlothian and Petersburg, Va. Travis Jones email@example.com Carolyn Murray Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org Steffany Slaughter Plotts and husband Greg welcomed their second child, Preston Gregory, last April. Jessica Brandes email@example.com After graduation, Kelli Zezulka studied stage management and technical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She has worked for the Royal Court Theatre in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Kelli married in 2007 and lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, just outside Leeds. She recently left theater and is a proofreader for an investor relations company producing annual reports. She expects to complete work on a master's degree in research at the University of Leeds this year. Arlington, Va., became the lead Naval warfare logistics analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Emily Grogg works for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in Colorado and plans to graduate from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in May. Nicole Springer is assistant director of the arts management program at George Mason University. Tommy Rogers is an associate for Goldman Sachs. In 2009, Katie Dolph Lewis received her doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership, with an emphasis in gifted education administration, from the College of William and Mary. She was named Norfolk Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. She teaches education courses at Texas A&M International University. In June, Katie married Border Patrol agent John Lewis in Laredo. Rebecca Romaneski Sneller and husband Deric live in Alamosa, Colo., and work at a church, as Deric prepares to become an Army chaplain. They welcomed their first child, Tobin Jon, in June. Mike Roth married Jessica Gordon in Chicago in June. They took a six-week honeymoon to Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Indonesia. Mary Washington classmates involved in the wedding celebration included Mandy Dunn-Sampson, Joe Thornhill '04, Carla Villar '01, Allison Golden, Andrea Kirsten Barnum started work on her MBA in the fall at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory services company based in Rosslyn, Va., which is sponsoring Kirsten and paying her expenses at business school. Upon graduation, she is to return to the CEB as a senior director. Jeffrey Frankston of Kelli Zezulka '03 studied stage management and technical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after graduating from UMW. She has worked for the Royal Court Theatre in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, Kilkenny, Andrea Hamlen '08, and Michael Lange. Mike and his wife live in Chicago, and Mike teaches fourth grade at a private school on the North Shore. In July, Paige Golden Callahan married Jay Dee Callahan '05 in Connecticut. Alana West, Chris Hillers, and Dave Lovins were in the wedding party. Danny Douglass, Adam Kelly, Kelly Kirkendall '06, Mike Merrill, Mike Pattie, and Alyssa Tice '04 attended. Paige and Jay Dee live in Meriden, Conn. She is a literacy coach for New Haven Public Schools, and he is an advertising distribution manager in New London. Katharine E. Leesman firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah B. Smith email@example.com Sameer Vaswani firstname.lastname@example.org Allyson V. Lee email@example.com Emily Frabell and Andrew Lawson '04 were planning an April wedding in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Bridesmaids were to include Pam Peach Silvers, Jenn Kern Congdon, and Christy O'Loughlin Rolka. ^Jl Shana A. Muhammad firstname.lastname@example.org Jay Sinha email@example.com Daniel Clendenin firstname.lastname@example.org Jay Sinha, who is in his second year of law school at the College of William and Mary, worked as a summer law clerk for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This summer, he plans to be with the LeClairRyan law firm in Richmond and, hopefully, living in the Shockoe Bottom area. Daniel Clendenin is in his fourth year as an advisor with the Richmond-based investment firm Cary Street Partners. His group was recognized by Barron's magazine as one of the top advisors in the country and ranked within the top eight advisory groups in Virginia. He had a blast catching up with several alums at the recent weddings of Ben Beavers '06 and Megh Cudahy '06 and of Frank Puleo '06 and Christina Ford '09. Andrew Eaton was heading to Africa for a six-month deployment on a ship tasked with hunting down pirates preying on both private and commercial boats. Carl Frank Puleo email@example.com Mary McCarthy moved to Louisiana to pursue a master's degree in public administration at the University of New Orleans. She lives in the Mid-City neighborhood and works in communications and regulatory compliance at Canal Barge Co. Adam Suleske received a master's degree in alternative energy technologies from Arizona State University in December. He and Sue Jeffries were looking forward to moving back to Virginia and reconnecting with the friends they've missed. Kristen Borkoski is a human resources specialist for the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in Washington, D.C., and is happy to be back in the area and able to see more of her Mary Washington alumni friends. Mallory Frazier and Steven Esperon tied the knot in June. After a honeymoon and many job applications, they relocated back to the East and live in Rockville, Md., where Mallory does traumatic brain injury research with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Steve still teaches middle and high school history. Sad to see Adam Suleske '06 received a master's degree in alternative energy technologies from Arizona State University. him leave, his Texas students all signed a print of Wolverine for him. Congratulations to Stephen George and Amber Forster George, who welcomed Maggie Diane in June! Shawn Hough graduated last spring from Hofstra University School of Law, with an honors award for real estate and property law. He was business editor for the Hofstra Law Review and practices real estate, bankruptcy, and banking law in New York with Stiene and Associates, PC. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 6 9 CLASS NOTES Suzanne Volinski of Greenwich, Conn., continues to work at Malcolm Pirnie, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., and was promoted to senior marketing coordinator in December of 2009. She received her masters degree in public relations from Iona College in August. For her thesis project, she created a strategic marketing and communications plan for a local commercial/residential painting company that was featured on the Discovery Channel reality series Construction Intervention. After serving two years as an IT policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, Catherine Stewart is an MPP/ MBA dual degree student at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and Fuqua School of Business. In June, she traveled to Uganda with her church to help Watoto Child Care Ministries build a schoolhouse at an orphanage in Gulu. Ellen Brandau graduated from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America in May, was admitted to the Virginia State Bar, and works for the government. Samantha Blackburn married Ian Bernard in August. They moved to the St. Louis area, where she continues to work for the Boeing Company and he pursues his dental degree at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Mo. Scott Berry was promoted to director of the municipal and utilities construction division and director of international programs for Associated General Contractors of America in Arlington, Va. Alison Baker Berry started a new job as research analyst for state and local government affairs at the National Apartment Association, also in Arlington. Amanda Grubbs married leremy Kent shortly after graduation. They moved to Alexandria, Va., in 2008, when Amanda accepted a job with Metier as a project management specialist working on the Decennial Response Integration System program for the Census Bureau. They welcomed their first son, Parker, in November of 2008, bought their first house in Alexandria in 2009, and welcomed their second son, Peyton, in April of 2010. Amanda is now a project planner for High Performance Technologies, supporting the Veterans Relationship Management project with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Stephanie Tait is still single and sane in Rockville, Md. She works in communications for a nonprofit and is pursuing her master's degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. She still has an undying love for Jay Sinha and all that is UMW. Ken Coulter began work on his MBA at the Melbourne Business School in Australia. Tori Kuhr left her job at Family Circle magazine in New York City to pursue a graduate degree at City University London, where her undergraduate history major is taking shape all around her. Tommy Park coaches D.C. United's Super-20, DeMatha Catholic High School and SAC U19 soccer teams and is pursuing a master's degree in sports industry management at Georgetown University. Cindy Abernathy of Columbia, Md., is a licensed therapist working for the Center for Addictions and Jay Sinha '07, who is in his second year of law school at the College of William and Mary, worked as a summer law clerk for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pregnancy at the lohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she incorporates art and art therapy in her approach to helping pregnant women in recovery from substance abuse. Elizabeth Isabelle and Gregory Berck of Albany, N.Y., married in October in Montpelier, Vt., with many UMW alumni present. Elizabeth earned her master's degree in women's health from Suffolk University in Boston. Greg received a juris doctorate and master's degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. Marion Craig and Dan Hinkley of Virginia Beach married last February, after dating since freshman year. Dan is a Naval Supply Corps officer serving on a one-year deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. Marion substitute teaches, teaches piano, and plays as many sports as possible at all times. Ford and Frank Puleo '06 of Fairfax Station, Va., tied the knot at the Tower Club in McLean, Va., in November. Jacqui Newman and Greg Scanlon of Richmond married last July in New York's Central Park. After two years as a Cindy Abernathy '07 is a licensed therapist working for the Center for Addictions and Pregnancy at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she incorporates art and art therapy in her approach to helping pregnant women in recovery from substance abuse. DoD consultant with ICF International in Fairfax, Va., Steven Grodekwas accepted into the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and commissioned as a second lieutenant following graduation in 2009. He is in training at The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Trish Lauck firstname.lastname@example.org Alyssa Lee email@example.com Mallory Deutsch Storus married Kevin Storus '09 in July and attends law school at the University of Miami. Elizabeth Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandra Meier email@example.com Petey Lytle works at OUCH Sports Medical Center and OUCH Pro Cycling in Temecula, Calif., and coaches lacrosse at Chaparral High School. Sarah Isaac moved to Charlotte, N.C., where she is meetings and events manager at the Hotel Sierra Charlotte Center City, which was set to open in March. Charlotte Rowell Sellier and husband Joel welcomed daughter Felicity in November! Christina Michelle Bond firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly Caldwell email@example.com Lucy Hobson McKerrow '27 Gladys Custis Drummond '32 Nona Irene Deckert Morse '36 Edna Harley Sickels '36 Sara Turner Grimes '37 June Upshaw Guiles '38 Agnes Virginia Gayle Harris '39 Susan Woodward Pearson '39 Katherine Moss Dodd '41 Mary Elizabeth Lewis Broughton '42 Edna Everton Pittman Gatzman '42 Emma Jane Davis McDermott '42 Ruth Helen Conover Sutter '42 Janet Thornton Hurt Willis '42 Ellen Ross Johnson Coleman '43 Margaret E. Lamberth '43 Dorothy "Dottie" Barrett Martin '43 Natasha Kadick Pickrel '43 Rose Elizabeth Orts-Gonzalez Scudder '43 Mildred Bell Trewett '43 Dorothy Woodson Baber '44 Joan D. Lane '44 Irma Rose Everton Pollard '44 Corabel Garretson Wallace '44 Charlotte Reynolds Durrett '45 Virginia Baldwin Ladendorf '45 Anne Avery Moyse '46 Sallie Woodson Scott '46 Mildred "Mickey" Dixon Sullivan '46 Jane Everett Tucker '46 Betty Sue Potterfield Tyler '46 Margaret Lee Walke Anderson '47 Isabel Larrick Brown '47 Gloria Vivian Conte Keith '47 Marianne King Frazier '48 Marjorie Batty Hill '48 Virginia Littlegreen Filling '49 Beverly Walsh George '49 70 UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ■ SPRING 2011 Harriet Willson Rice '49 Betty Harpine Chilton '50 Lola Gaines Murray Clements '50 Mary Ann Gillespie Corbett '50 Betty Jean Lyle Dunbar '50 Iris Macheras Vlandis '50 Harriette Seely Atkinson '51 Betty Shufflebarger Butler '51 Eugenia Moran Cheney '51 Marguerite "Margie" McNeil '51 Dorothy Kinsey Richardson '51 James Donald Whittle '51 Althea Mae Scholl '52 Joanne L. Harris '53 Catherine Wyvonne Weaver Vance '53 Nancy Poarch Daugherty '54 Joan Bennett Dishman '54 Patricia Shipley Hook '54 Patricia Francis Chirogene '56 Elizabeth A. Hess '56 Patricia Hubbard Johnson '56 Patricia "Pat" Clark Porter '56 Naomi Johns Bowles '57 Nancy Simpson Finch '57 Carol Dunnavant Lerz '57 Barbara Dill Montgomery '57 Anna Mae Fowler '58 Sally Shepherd Harrison '58 Joan Frances Pillsbury Rutherford '58 Marcia Kyes Price '59 Carolyn Ruth Lawrence Jackson '60 Judith Saunders Lawrence- Wicks '60 Kristen Paige Peery Vesell '60 Jean Clark Weatherson '60 Carmen Portenier Fare '61 Gail Picton Warlow Sessions '61 Carolyn Gaye Eustace Spence '61 Sandra Louise Stevens Doty '62 Mary E. Owens Daitz '63 Kathleen Boschen '64 Patricia Cuffia Rankin '65 Mary-Helen Hutcheson McMenamin '66 Eddie Lynne Young Carr '70 Virginia Crow Acors '72 Frances Guthrie Flynn '72 Christie Jaeger Thomas '72 Doris Marie Churney '76 Louis Philip Cox III '81 Ronald L. Hutson '81 Barbara Joyce Perkins Bates '88 Linda Lee Tucci '95 Anne Eleanor Parker '97 Mary Privott Baird '42, who lost her husband Virginia Lamberth Edwards '45, who lost her sister Dorothy "Skip" Potts Taylor '45, who lost her husband Nancy Aitcheson Taylor '45, who lost her husband Marguerite Dameron Albert '46, who lost her husband Mildred Lamberth Chamberlain '46, who lost her sister Sylvia Francis Sheffield '47, who lost her husband Gene Watkins Covington '48, who lost her husband Elva Welday Newdome '48, who lost her daughter Joan Marie Pershing Poling '54, who lost her husband Carolyn Ann "Susie" Miller Maclay '55, who lost her husband Phyllis Melillo Shanahan '55, who lost her husband Jeanetta Bishop Patane '56, who lost her husband Cynthia Niesley Potts '58, who lost her husband Ann Moser Garner '65, who lost her husband Donna Gates Mason '65, who lost her husband Sheila Denny Young '66, who lost her husband Ellen Grace Jaronczyk '70, who lost her husband Bobbie S. Burton '74, who lost her father Joanne Zech Lyons '74, who lost her father Karen Marie Sullivan Iseman '76, who lost her father Helen Taylor Salter '76, who lost her father Ellen Stanley Booth '81, who lost her father Tammy Faulconer Burton '81, who lost her husband Monecia Helton Taylor '81, who lost her husband David E. Turley '81, who lost his mother Erin R. Devine '82, who lost her husband Liane C. Vesell '96, who lost her mother Sarah Holt Trible Pierson '05, who lost her mother Hannah E. Ridenour '13, who lost her father Stephen James Burton Stephen Burton, who taught music at Mary Washington for three decades, died Dec. 31, 2010, at his home in Spotsylvania County after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. After beginning his teaching career at Towers High School in Decatur, Ga., Burton taught for one year at St. Mary's College in Maryland before moving to Fredericksburg. While at UMW, Burton started the popular show choir ensemble now known as Encore. At a performance last fall, several dozen choir alumni surprised a tearful Burton by joining the current members onstage to sing Lean on Me. Later, Hannah von Oeyen '11, who sings with Encore, told The Free Lance-Star newspaper, "He's the reason why we have a show choir. He's very, very, very important to us, and he's made a huge impact on everyone in show choir." A native of Illinois, Burton graduated from Florida State University with bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He received a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Faulconer Burton '81 . Burton was a member of Salem Baptist Church, and he served many local churches in music ministry. During his years in the Fredericksburg area, he worked with a variety of musical groups, including the Maranatha Touring Choir, the Fredericksburg Singers, the Fredericksburg Community Chorus, the Stafford Regional Choral Society, the Historyland Barbershop Chorus, the UMW Women's Chorus, and - most recently -The Spotsylvanians. In addition, he performed at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater, where he was affectionately known as "Birdie" and was in more than 30 productions. UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 CLOSING COLUMN Mary Washington has been fruitful. It has produced three Virginia Poet Laureates in a row. The latest is Kelly Cherry '61, She was appointed last summer to a two-year term succeeding Claudia Emerson, UMW professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair Kelly Cherry '61 in Poetry. Emerson won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection, Late Wife. Her two-year tenure as state Poet Laureate followed that of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda '69, a poet, painter, sculptor, and educator who has published Cherry is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, memoir, ' criticism. She also has published eight pocket-sized ""■steal dramas. Her BHt*B»I»»IHBHmiCTM most recent titles are The Woman Who: Stories, The Retreats of Thought: Poems, and Girl in a Library: On Women Writers & The Writing Life. Her new and selected poems, Hazard and Prospect, was a finalist for the Poets' Award. Cherry is a professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught a range of writing genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as contemporary American poetry. After majoring in philosophy at Mary Washington, she earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Now a resident of Halifax, Va., Cherry said her years as a student at Mary Washington greatly influenced her writing. "Geography is compelling," she said. "You look out the window and you see what you see. You listen to the language and you hear what you hear. And all of it goes into one's work." Cherry wrote the following poem at the request of University of Mary Washington Magazine. Mary Washington College, 1957 We had no poetry workshops then - my freshman year in college - but we had trees. Yes, trees, even then thick-trunked and tall, with branches that wrote on the sky. Looking up, I read about myself in leaf-language, and though it seemed profligate to read about oneself, I learned that way enough of leaf-language to want to write in leaf-language. Call poetry poet-TREE, I like to joke these later years of mellowing and reminiscence. A campus green and slightly wild will teach a student metaphors and the lasting beauty of the meanwhile. -Kelly Cherry '61 J : / / / JNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE ^^^ •#a **' «"* it • >V & lL' 7 'I ,. VI.. ! ' .A j*Y ) Come bac Jr T V Give back. I A^Hit Reunion Wee Make a gift: www.umw.edu/onlinegiving ■ .- For information: 540/654-1024 '1H iiliil University of Mary Washington ^ University of Mary Washington 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401-5300 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID PPCO 9S mm In the end, it was a success.' - James Farmer, on the Freedom Rides I I ~t£s\ : '% When Freedom Riders Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Reginald Green, above, first saw the exhibit James Farmer and the Freedom Rides on Ball Circle in early February, they instinctively reached out to touch the long-ago photo of a friend recovering beside a bombed bus in Anniston, Ala. Half a century ago, both Mulholland and Green heeded the call of the Freedom Rides, a strategy designed by the late UMW Professor James Farmer. Their sacrifice and that of the other 434 Riders paid off with open interstate bus travel for all.